rendezvous

noun
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\
plural rendezvous\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz , -​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

rendezvous

verb
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\
rendezvoused\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüd , -​dā-​ \; rendezvousing\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvü-​iŋ , -​dā-​ \; rendezvouses\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz , -​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

Tiangong-1 was lofted in late September 2011, to help test the docking and rendezvous technologies required to build a bona fide space station, which China aims to do by the mid-2020s. Leonard David, Space.com, "China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab Expected to Fall to Earth Over Easter Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 This time our rendezvous was to be at the Villa Nova, a cafe on the Sunset Strip. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 Meghan's rendezvous with Rufus Norris is the latest of her under-the-radar meetings as of late. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Meeting Is a Nod to Her Acting Roots," 13 Dec. 2018 Reports that another rendezvous announced for Tuesday was canceled by the protesters could not be immediately confirmed. Elaine Ganley, The Seattle Times, "Violent protests in France reveal a hard-to-heal fracture," 4 Dec. 2018 And then, like magic, the two went horseback riding and concluded their romantic rendezvous with a kiss. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Go Nuts After Seeing Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's Steamy Kiss," 6 Nov. 2018 The probe recently woke up from a months-long hibernation to get ready for its next mission: a New Year's Day 2019 rendezvous with an asteroid further away than Pluto called Ultima Thule. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Ever Made," 13 July 2018 These are the tortured accounts of men awaiting their turn to die or recording the deaths of others, unsure when their rendezvous with death and passage into God’s remembrance would come. Aaron Schnoor, WSJ, "The Great War Produced Some Great Poetry," 9 Nov. 2018 This six-day journey repeats on a strict schedule so that visitors could plan a rendezvous and ride the station to the moon. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Maybe NASA's Next Space Station Doesn't Need the Astronauts," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Monday an intrepid spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx officially rendezvoused with a 500-meter-wide asteroid. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 The basic Mars architecture makes sense, as the crew intends to launch from Earth to rendezvous in orbit with a larger Mars transit vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The First: Hulu’s new series about a human mission to Mars feels pretty real," 5 Sep. 2018 The Gemini 8 mission, commanded by Armstrong with David Scott as pilot, sought to rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle in low-Earth orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 At the end of the day, everyone rendezvoused for cocktails and the couples' favorite activity: karaoke. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 Ironically, Dad Vail himself was never a part of the tournament, which has hosted generations of racers, many of whom return each spring to rendezvous along the river. Roger Morris, Town & Country, "Big Daddy: America's Biggest College Rowing Event," 8 May 2014 The bombers will rendezvous with the tankers at a modest 25,000 feet but at a typical 450 mph. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 The crew would rendezvous with the cargo capsule, the astronauts would strap in, and the real drama would begin. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018 SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:42AM ET on Friday, and the Dragon is set to rendezvous with the space station three days later on Monday at around 7AM ET. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of rendezvous

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

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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rendezvous

noun

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

rendezvous

verb

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

: to meet at a particular time and place

rendezvous

noun
ren·​dez·​vous | \ ˈrän-di-ˌvü, -dā-\
plural rendezvous\ -​ˌvüz \

Kids Definition of rendezvous

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

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