rendezvous

noun
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

rendezvous

verb
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 But just two days after his rendezvous with Brown, he was spotted for the first time with Hadid in New York City. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Tyler Cameron Shares New Modeling Photo as His Relationship with Gigi Hadid Heats Up," 28 Aug. 2019 July 15, 2019 Just two weeks after their Independence Day rendezvous, Shawn and Camila were spotted out together again, this time in San Francisco, locking lips on both occasions. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes' Rumored Relationship," 2 Aug. 2019 Depending on their designs, some lunar landers could be pre-placed in an orbit for rendezvous even without the Gateway. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s a reality check on NASA’s Artemis Moon landing program," 3 July 2019 Police says there was a scuffle at the rendezvous site and the policeman was stabbed eight times, dying shortly afterward in the hospital. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy detains 2 Americans in slaying of policeman," 27 July 2019 Police says there was a scuffle at the rendezvous site and the policeman was stabbed eight times, dying shortly afterward in the hospital. Time, "2 U.S. Teens Jailed in Italy Over Policeman's Murder," 27 July 2019 The technical elements are a big part of the success of this very fun rendezvous with murder. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Park Square shows off Christie’s mastery of mystery in fun fashion," 20 July 2019 What if the astronauts missed their rendezvous point? David Shribman, latimes.com, "Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon: How their presidencies shaped the mission to the moon," 11 July 2019 The two-day rendezvous also went smoothly until the final minutes of the approach. William Harwood, CBS News, "Unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft aborts space station docking," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, SI.com, "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 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 The event climaxed an exciting day that began with Armstrong and Aldrin on the lunar surface and later launching their Moonship to rendezvous and dock with Collins in the command ship. Houston Chronicle, "Space Officials Looking to Future As Moon Craft Rockets for Home," 21 July 2019 This week with the sun and Venus rendezvousing in your travel house, your mission statement is loud and clear: Go where no Saj has dared to go before. SFChronicle.com, "Minerva’s horoscope for week of July 21," 21 July 2019 Then, the ascent engine would fire, doing its best to add velocity back to the descending ship, attempting to push it back into some kind of stable orbit so that the crew could find and rendezvous with the Command Module. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "No, a “checklist error” did not almost derail the first moon landing," 5 July 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

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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More Definitions for rendezvous

rendezvous

noun
How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)

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
How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)

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 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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