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 Meanwhile, Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft remains on track for a rendezvous with Earth late this year after its encounter with Ryugu, another asteroid. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "This year may finally fulfill the promise of private human spaceflight," 15 Jan. 2020 Minutes after liftoff, Starliner detached from the main rocket booster, aiming for a rendezvous some 254 miles (409 km) into space on Saturday morning with the space station. NBC News, "Boeing's new astronaut capsule fails to reach proper orbit in crucial test," 20 Dec. 2019 There had been a pistarckle with the cabbie who brought her to the rendezvous. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, "Lost and Found," 24 Oct. 2019 The series opener against Big Blue unequivocally went better than the last time the Sox faced a contender prior to this rendezvous with the old friend Dave Roberts and his Dodgers. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox needed Dodgers rematch as a reminder of what they can do," 13 July 2019 The video, set in what appears to be a warm beach-adjacent locale (Miami, probably), features Cabello and Mendes caught in the middle of an irresistible summer fling, from dancing at midnight to a rendezvous in a motel room. Alejandra Salazar,, "Fans Are Shipping Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes Hard Thanks To Their Hot New Video," 25 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But just a few hours before takeoff, the Bats got a call from a tanker squadron looking to rendezvous for a midair refueling. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 2 Jan. 2020 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

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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 19 Feb. 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


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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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