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.

Examples of rendition in a Sentence

a moving rendition of an old gospel song a new rendition of the text in English
Recent Examples on the Web Glee While Glee is predominantly known for spontaneous musical renditions and Lea Michele’s otherworldly voice, the series served up nonstop antics at William McKinley High School, the series' fictional high school. Erica Marrison, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 The project went through several modifications and delays, with early renditions prompting concern about the size and scope of the building. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 Modern renditions of traditional shapes pair contemporary LEDs with traditional silhouettes. Claire Hoppe, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2024 My favorite rendition is at the Bull & Last, which tosses extra herbs into the meat mixture and cooks the yolk to jammy perfection. Will Hawkes, Saveur, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rendition 

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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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