ren·​di·​tion ren-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce rendition (audio)
plural renditions
: the act or result of rendering something: such as
: a performance or interpretation of something
a moving rendition of a song
a fine rendition of a classic recipe
: depiction
… the rusty orange color was an extremely accurate rendition of the Martian soil's appearance.David Savold
: translation
the first rendition of the text into English
: surrender
specifically, US law : the surrender by a state of a fugitive to another state charging the fugitive with a crime : interstate extradition
Two city residents wanted in New Jersey on gun charges are being held without bail awaiting rendition to that state. Andrew Amelinckx
see also extraordinary rendition

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Rendition entered English in the early 17th century and can be traced to the Middle French word reddition and ultimately to the Latin verb reddere, meaning "to return." The English verb render is another descendant of reddere, so perhaps it is no surprise that rendition fundamentally means "the act or result of rendering." English speakers also once adopted reddition itself (meaning either "restitution, surrender" or "elucidation"), but that word has mostly dropped out of use. Incidentally, if you've guessed that surrender is also from the same word family, you may be right; surrender derives in part from the Anglo-French rendre, which likely influenced the alteration of reddition to rendition.

Example Sentences

a moving rendition of an old gospel song a new rendition of the text in English
Recent Examples on the Web Jason Clark and Tennessee Mass Choir returned to stage to end the service in a powerful rendition of Revelation 19:1. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 22 Jan. 2023 But in one popular Chinese rendition of the story, the rat and the cat were best friends who plan to compete together, said Liu. Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2023 The serpent, a symbol of vitality and passion, has become Bulgari’s most recognizable motif, expressed here in a rendition that, comparatively speaking, is quite refined. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2023 In Zigman’s fictional rendition, the middle Mellishman daughter dies of cerebral palsy at age 10, triggering an estrangement between Joyce and Lydia, the surviving two. Meredith Maran, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2023 Her rendition transforms For Colored Girls into an invitation, a thrilling call to embrace the expansive nature of Shange’s work and the experiences of the Black women — past, present and future — at its core. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Dec. 2022 The crispy quesadilla, with dark blue corn tortillas stuffed with gooey cheese from Salem’s Don Froylan Creamery and dotted with discs of apple-green radish, is a worthy rival to the famed rendition at República. oregonlive, 16 Dec. 2022 Lambert is set to debut his live rendition of the song on Wednesday’s season 22 finale of The Voice. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 13 Dec. 2022 The duo then goes on to perform their rendition of the classic with Luke, 36, passionately playing the drum. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


obsolete French, from Middle French, alteration of reddition, from Late Latin reddition-, redditio, from Latin reddere to return

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rendition was in 1601


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Cite this Entry

“Rendition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ren·​di·​tion ren-ˈdish-ən How to pronounce rendition (audio)
: an act or result of rendering
sang their rendition of the old song

Legal Definition


ren·​di·​tion ren-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce rendition (audio)
: the act or result of rendering
the Court's rendition of judgment
: extradition of a fugitive who has fled to another state

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