ren·​di·​tion | \ ren-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce rendition (audio) \
plural renditions

Definition of rendition

: the act or result of rendering something: such as
a : a performance or interpretation of something a moving rendition of a song a fine rendition of a classic recipe
b : depiction … the rusty orange color was an extremely accurate rendition of the Martian soil's appearance.— David Savold
c : translation the first rendition of the text into English
d : 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

Its dystopia is perfectly plausible, a deft rendition of the problems panting against our present. Wired, "WIRED's 13 Must-Read Books for Fall," 12 Sep. 2019 Freeze the assets of—and bar US entry to—officials who are found to be complicit in suppressing basic freedoms in Hong Kong, including the rendition of individuals to mainland China. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The US legislation Hong Kong’s protesters want passed," 9 Sep. 2019 Heald isn't disheartened that those aren't included in the first rendition of the ban. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Nepal Is Banning Single-Use Plastics on Mount Everest," 23 Aug. 2019 Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) LHS 3844b (artist’s rendition, above) was one of the first planets discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite following its launch in April 2018. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "This rocky ‘super-Earth’ may be a hard place for life to get a foothold," 19 Aug. 2019 The most absurd moment was when comedian Zack Fox walked onstage, performing Natasha Bedingfield and doing a perfect rendition of Blueface learning how to crip walk. Miguel Garcia Jr., Billboard, "The 10 Best Musical Moments of Hard Summer 2019 With Shoreline Mafia, Lauren Lane, Kid Cudi & More," 6 Aug. 2019 Earlier in the week, 29 Brexit party MEPs faced criticism for turning their backs during a rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the E.U.’s anthem, in the Strasbourg chamber. Suyin Haynes, Time, "In European Parliament Speech, U.K. Lawmaker Compares Brexit to Slaves Gaining Freedom," 4 July 2019 Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid In its first rendition outside of Europe, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid -- two clubs that have been at odds for well over a century -- write a new chapter in their storied derby history. Julius Long And And Jill Martin, CNN, "A French cyclist may win Tour de France and more to watch in sports this weekend," 26 July 2019 Matthijs de Ligt took to the stage and produced his own rendition of Bob Marley's 'Three Little Birds'., "Watch: De Ligt, Buffon, Rabiot, Higuain Sing Initiation Songs for Juventus Teammates," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of rendition

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rendition

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

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English Language Learners Definition of rendition

: a performance of something


ren·​di·​tion | \ ren-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce rendition (audio) \

Kids Definition of rendition

: an act or a result of performing He played his own rendition of a popular tune.


ren·​di·​tion | \ ren-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce rendition (audio) \

Legal Definition of rendition

1 : the act or result of rendering the Court's rendition of judgment
2 : extradition of a fugitive who has fled to another state

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