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 Boeing launched a Starliner last month on an unpiloted test flight, but an on-board timing glitch prevented a rendezvous and docking with the space station. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX delays dramatic Crew Dragon abort test due to high winds and rough seas," 18 Jan. 2020 Even though the Starliner did not go to the space station, flight controllers were able to test some of the systems needed to the rendezvous. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Boeing Starliner Lands in New Mexico After Clock Error Prompts Early Return," 22 Dec. 2019 Boyd introduced DeSousa and Melton, but was arrested in an unrelated case a few days before the three men were set to rendezvous, prosecutors said. Los Angeles Times, "Murder conviction overturned for ex-death row inmate in 1981 Newport Beach slaying," 8 Oct. 2019 Poring over Le Corbusier’s archives, the artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly found themselves fascinated by the short-lived rendezvous at sea. Vogue, "With a New Dance Series, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Becomes an Unlikely Stage," 23 Aug. 2019 He would be told a time and place to rendezvous, typically a landmark such as the clock tower, a park or Naim Square, where the Islamic State carried out public beheadings during its rule over Raqqa. Washington Post, "ISIS at a crossroads," 24 Dec. 2019 But on the periphery are strangers with their own private dramas, of serendipitous rendezvous, of unexpected intimacy, of defeat or resignation. Deanna Pan,, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 Deciding to do the lunar orbit rendezvous, to put the pieces back together to come home, took big, big balls. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 18 July 2019 The song tells the story of an unrequited rendezvous, with Mendes and Cabello showcasing their fiery chemistry both vocally and onscreen. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello's 'Señorita'," 1 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Update, 10:15 am ET: After a successful launch, the Starliner failed to rendezvous with the ISS due to a problem with its internal clock. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "What it took to make Boeing’s Starliner fly," 20 Dec. 2019 Extension of the Green and Purple light rail lines, with both of the routes rendezvousing and both sharing track to Hobby Airport, estimated to cost more than $1 billion. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Metro’s $3.5B bond finds strong support in early vote tally," 5 Nov. 2019 On another, two vehicles might rendezvous in orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Greatest Leap, part 1: How the Apollo fire propelled NASA to the Moon," 16 July 2019 However, Martin Rivera denied making plans to rendezvous with Guyger later that night, as prosecutors suggest. CBS News, "Ex-lover of officer who shot neighbor acknowledges racy texts but denies planned rendezvous," 24 Sep. 2019 At the end of their two-day sojourn, Jonk and his friends trekked back across the steppe to rendezvous with their driver at a prearranged spot on the highway. Wired, "The Quest to Get Photos of the USSR's First Space Shuttle," 17 Oct. 2019 There is no more Guy in Charge of the Tickets, stuffing envelopes in his dining room, because fans now share tickets with one another on their phones rather than rendezvous at the giant bat outside old Yankee Stadium. Steve Rushin,, "The Death of Paper Tickets and the Stories They Leave Behind," 12 Sep. 2019 This time, however, the two rendezvoused with tennis icon Serena Williams. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Tyler Cameron Go on an NYC Dinner Date with Serena Williams," 21 Aug. 2019 That craft would have rendezvoused with the huge space rock, sucked up a sample from its surface and returned it to Earth in November 2038. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA plans to send a flying robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 28 June 2019

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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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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rendezvous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 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


How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)

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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