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

The crew is aiming for a seven-month journey to Mars, followed by 18 months on the surface, before using a Mars-ascent vehicle to blast off the surface and rendezvous again with a 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 Part of me didn't like myself for those secret night rendezvous. Country Living, "Judy Garland and Sid Luft's Star-Crossed Love Affair," 2 Mar. 2017 One of the finest of all Egyptian hotels, combining architectural styles from the Victorian era and the East, the Old Cataract became an essential rendezvous for leading world figures. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 The Concord Mills restaurant was a rendezvous for a trip to Raleigh. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "The story behind the founding of NewDominion Bank | Charlotte Observer," 25 Jan. 2018 For the rendezvous, Priyanka wore a silky blue ruffle slip dress and black strappy heels. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra​​'s Silky Date-Night Dress Deserves All the Heart Eye Emojis," 13 June 2018 Boston Ballet comes to town on Friday for a one-night-only rendezvous with the New York Philharmonic. Brian Schaefer, New York Times, "7 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 These meetings included a rendezvous with Dietrich Mateschitz, the billionaire owner of Red Bull, in Austria, but the project did not advance and the relationship dissolved in 2005. Jonathan Doyle, Popular Mechanics, "Red Bull Stratos Challenge Halts Due to Lawsuit," 20 Oct. 2010 The scene and the setting and most of the characters are from real life; like the real Ernest and Adriana, the two rendezvous at Harry’s Bar and wander the streets of Venice. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The unmanned craft, Hayabusa 2, is scheduled to rendezvous with Ryugu on Wednesday. David Freeman /, NBC News, "Japan's Hayabusa 2 space probe snuggles up to odd-looking asteroid," 26 June 2018 On future missions astronauts expect to release small satellites with the mechanical arm and to rendezvous with ailing satellites to retrieve them for repairs in orbit or back on Earth. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 19, 1983: Ride, Sally Ride," 19 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

Middle French, from rendez vous present yourselves

Verb

see rendezvous entry 1

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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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