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 rendezvous (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvousing\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvü-​iŋ How to pronounce rendezvous (audio) , -​dā-​ \; rendezvouses\ ˈrän-​di-​ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (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 En route to a rendezvous with the truck transporting the handmaids to the colony, Nick arranges a semi-private goodbye with June. Amanda Ostuni,, "The Handmaid's Tale season 4 premiere recap: Everyone feels like they're cleaning up June's mess," 28 Apr. 2021 These fellows are going to let fly, one last time, before their probable rendezvous with mnemonic erosion. New York Times, "Emotions Haunt a Man for Life in Cynthia Ozick’s Tragicomic ‘Antiquities’," 19 Apr. 2021 The only helicopters large enough for the job couldn’t be refueled in-flight, so the choppers had to perform a complex nighttime rendezvous in the Iranian desert with tanker aircraft. Mark Bowden, The Atlantic, "How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything," 12 Mar. 2021 My rendezvous with the motley simian crew was the last thrilling act of a 10-day journey through East Africa with Volcanoes Safaris. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Travel + Leisure, "Deep in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, An Endangered Group of Chimpanzees Has Survived Against All Odds," 20 Mar. 2021 Within France, Ribeiro said, a health pass could mark a return to a cherished lifestyle of cozy café rendezvous and nights out at the cinema. Los Angeles Times, "Europe fears creating COVID-19 vaccine ‘passports’ could lead to discrimination, division," 3 Mar. 2021 The survivors were surrounded by Beta (Ryan Hurst) and his horde, and Gabe (Seth Gilliam) was counting on outside help (see: Maggie), while Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) group was trying to make his rendezvous. Ashley Chervinski,, "What You Need To Remember From The Walking Dead Season 10 — So Far," 28 Feb. 2021 For this lunar rendezvous, Mars will shine at magnitude +0.1. Joe Rao, Scientific American, "See the Moon and Mars Meet Up in Night Sky Saturday," 5 July 2014 Since its launch, the Dragon capsule has been chasing the space station, firing its engines periodically to align itself for the rendezvous. Washington Post, "A first, but not the first time SpaceX has docked with the International Space Station," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Upon entering the lander, the astronauts took a brief nap and launched off the Sea of Tranquility to rendezvous with Collins and head for home. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, "Artemis program aims for the moon by 2024. Let's look at our moon-mission history," 21 Apr. 2021 In a series of tests, the servicer satellite will attempt to rendezvous with the client spacecraft, dock with the object and then subsequently release it. NBC News, "Mission to clean up space debris around Earth is poised for launch," 19 Mar. 2021 The massive Earth Return Orbiter, which is as large as an airplane, will rendezvous with and capture the cache of rock samples orbiting the planet and then return to Earth, hopefully in 2031. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "How NASA's Perseverance rover will send Martian rocks back to Earth for the first time ever," 19 Feb. 2021 This rocket will rendezvous and dock with the piece of the spacecraft that remained in orbit. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "China Launches Moon Mission to Bring Back Lunar Rocks," 23 Nov. 2020 The Undoing With questions swirling about the killer’s identity, Nicole Kidman is seen sweeping out of her building, in flowing red velour, to rendezvous with an older woman. Kara Baskin,, "How would Larry David handle Governor Baker’s new ‘companion appointments’?," 12 Feb. 2021 If all goes well, the capsule will rendezvous with the station Monday, guiding itself in for a docking at the upper port of the forward Harmony module around 1:30 p.m. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches next-generation Dragon cargo ship to space station," 7 Dec. 2020 The ascent portion of the lander will rendezvous and dock with the piece that remained in orbit. Kenneth Chang,, "China successfully lands robotic craft on the moon: ‘Very precise and exciting’," 2 Dec. 2020 Late Monday evening, the crew will rendezvous with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, who arrived at the space station in October. Gregg Newton, National Geographic, "SpaceX launch kicks off regular commercial flights into orbit," 15 Nov. 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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“Rendezvous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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



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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