ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā- \
plural rendezvous\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -​dā-​ \

Definition of rendezvous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a place appointed for assembling or meeting
b : a place of popular resort : haunt
2 : a meeting at an appointed place and time
3 : the process of bringing two spacecraft together


ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā- \
rendezvoused\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüd How to pronounce rendezvoused (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvousing\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvü-​iŋ How to pronounce rendezvousing (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvouses\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvouses (audio) , -​dā-​ \

Definition of rendezvous (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to meet or come together at a particular time and place : come together for a rendezvous

transitive verb

1 : to bring together at a particular time and place : bring together for a rendezvous
2 : to meet at a rendezvous

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Examples of rendezvous in a Sentence

Noun But last July's rendezvous between the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station took place in a brand-new climate: the cold war is over, and budgets on both sides of the world are tight. — Fred Guterl, Discover, January 1996 The hokeyness and childlike innocence of the scene … were endearing, in a Lost Boys sort of way, and I strolled over to the student-activities center for my rendezvous with my cadet informant thinking that The Citadel's version of martial culture was not so menacing after all. — Susan Faludi, New Yorker, 5 Sept. 1994 Although roadside retreats have long been the haunt of individuals seeking discreet settings for an afternoon or evening rendezvous, the adult motel advertises and caters to a specific clientele. — William Wyckoff, Geographical Review, July 1992 I was delighted to witness a rendezvous of about 60 cavers, who had come from as far as California, New York and even Switzerland, united in a common purpose. — David Roberts, Smithsonian, November 1988 He left the car at Thirteenth Street, and might easily call at this hotel. It is a general rendezvous for visitors to the city. — Horatio Alger, The Errand Boy, 1888 He was late for their rendezvous. The restaurant will be our rendezvous. Verb Despite a stuck antenna, the Galileo spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with the asteroid Gaspra last October, coming within 1,000 miles and snapping 150 photos for NASA's scrapbook. — Linda Shiner, Air & Space Smithsonian, February/March 1992 Grabbing an extra suit of clothes and leaving the rest of his possessions on board with instructions to rendezvous the next day, he and his companions set off. — Ross E. Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, 1986 His two ships were separated in the fog, but rendezvoused according to plan in Dusky Bay in southwest New Zealand to pass the southern winter. — Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983 The cousins rendezvoused in New York before they flew to London. we'll rendezvous at the entrance to the park at 6:00 p.m.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His wife had gone to bed, making this a perfect time to quietly slip out of the house for a rendezvous with the other love of his life. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Homeowners Sharpen Their Short Game With Backyard Putting Greens," 8 July 2020 That problem, combined with a communications glitch, prevented a rendezvous and docking with the space station. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA outlines road ahead for resumption of Boeing Starliner flights," 7 July 2020 In People of the City, the city remains nameless, even though numerous clues—the use of Yoruba in conversations, a rendezvous by the lagoon—point to Lagos as the archetypal West African city where the story of Amusa’s coming-of-age takes place. Emmanuel Iduma, The New York Review of Books, "Cyprian Ekwensi’s Lagos Noir," 2 June 2020 Conditions really improve by Tuesday, but by then the rendezvous with the station will take about twice as long as the 19 hours required to reach the station after Saturday's launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX successfully launches two humans into orbit [Updated]," 30 May 2020 Combining aspects of a scientific conference, consumer electronics show, and an indoor track meet, Cybathlon functioned as a rendezvous for the world’s leading robotics research groups. John Brant, Popular Mechanics, "At the Bionic Olympics, Engineers and Athletes Make Miracles," 27 Apr. 2020 Across the world, many of us are imagining a possible rendezvous with Death. Popular Science, "Why we evolved to feel empathy during pandemics and other disasters," 28 Apr. 2020 Earlier in March, control teams and crew ran through a simulated mission starting at pre-launch and continuing through ascent and eventual rendezvous with the station. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: New Shepard push angers workers, Falcon 9 gets wormed," 3 Apr. 2020 The episode features Drew and Jonathan Scott as well as Zooey and Emily Deschanel for a friendly sibling-rivalry rendezvous. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The "Carpool Karaoke" Episode that Jonathan Scott and Zooey Deschanel Met on Is Finally Available to Watch," 28 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ascent vehicle will rendezvous with an ESA spacecraft orbiting Mars and shoot out a football-size container holding the samples. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The long road to returning first-ever samples from Mars," 1 Aug. 2020 The Crew Dragon is designed to rendezvous and dock with the space station autonomously, without any direct input from the crew. William Harwood, CBS News, "Astronauts describe ride to space aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon," 2 June 2020 The International Space Station orbits Earth about once every 90 minutes, so the Crew Dragon has to lift off the pad in Florida at an exact time to rendezvous with the space station. Jay Bennett, National Geographic, "SpaceX and NASA launch delayed due to Florida storms," 27 May 2020 The Carnival Fantasy is one of 18 Carnival vessels rendezvousing in the Bahamas in the coming days while final plans are put into place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members to their home countries. al, "Carnival leaves Mobile again, and taxpayers are stuck with the bills," 8 May 2020 The bomber rendezvoused with six F-16 fighters from Misawa Air Base and a total of 45 F-15J and F-2 fighters of the Japan Air Self Defense Force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "45 Years Later, The B-1 Bomber Has Still Got It," 1 May 2020 The astronauts themselves could then enjoy a much more limited view of the spacecraft's internals and could focus on more astronaut-appropriate tasks, like flying, rendezvousing, docking, landing, and running experiments. Eric Berger & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13," 11 Apr. 2020 Holland America sent the Rotterdam to rendezvous with the Zaandam in order to separate those who were sick from those with no symptoms. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "United charter flight will take Australian citizens from ill-fated MS Zaandam home Sunday," 5 Apr. 2020 Once in orbit, Behnken and Hurley will rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station and remain aboard the orbiting lab for an extended stay. NBC News, "NASA's big SpaceX launch is just weeks away — and it's taking no chances with the coronavirus," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of rendezvous


1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1645, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for rendezvous

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from rendez vous present yourselves

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The first known use of rendezvous was in 1582

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12 Jul 2020

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“Rendezvous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rendezvous

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a meeting with someone that is arranged for a particular time and place and that is often secret
: a place where people agree to meet at a particular time
: a place where many people go to spend time


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English Language Learners Definition of rendezvous (Entry 2 of 2)

: to meet at a particular time and place


ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -dā- \
plural rendezvous\ -​ˌvüz \

Kids Definition of rendezvous

1 : a place agreed on for a meeting
2 : a planned meeting

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