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 For instance, her rendition of redfish blends Vietnamese influences with shrimp and roasted pork, fish sauce and miso aioli; her version of duck confit is an ode to autumn in Louisiana, with a sour orange pepper jelly and andouille jus. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "Longtime Commander’s Palace chef departs, and for first time a woman leads the kitchen," 12 Oct. 2020 The Emotions version is strong, but Carey’s rendition on her 1992 MTV Unplugged EP is the real showstopper. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Mariah Carey Songs: Staff Picks," 5 Oct. 2020 Whether a Hindustani raag rendition, a Toni Morrison novel, one of my own stories or an essay by a writer friend, something in each work opens up new connections. Jenny Bhatt, Dallas News, "Reading to each other, a woman in Mumbai and man in Dallas turned their talks into marriage," 29 Sep. 2020 Look out for the Platt Vineyard rendition – a wine that charms with tart cherry and violet notes, underscored with a taut, crunchy tannic structure. Bryce Wiatrak,, "Red Car: popular, funky, fun winery for Millennials," 14 Sep. 2020 Both Bazawule and Winfrey took to Twitter to share their elation for the film's new, modern rendition. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Is King Co-Director Blitz Bazawule Will Helm The Color Purple Musical Film," 25 Aug. 2020 The previous rendition, initiated under the administration of former Gov. Scott Walker and former DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp, had Business, Licenses & Regulations, Recreation and Env. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin DNR updates website, adds 'Climate' and removes 'Business' headings," 31 July 2020 For a sandwich rendition of the classic Italian salad, Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop in the Seattle area and San Francisco loads up rolls with cherry tomatoes (such as Sun Gold) and mini mozzarella balls. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, "8 Healthy Sandwiches to Make This Week," 25 Aug. 2020 The Chicks' performance comes after a multicultural choir, who represented all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Cheyenne Nation and five territories sang a rendition of the national anthem to open the DNC on Monday night. Karen Mizoguchi,, "The Chicks' Natalie Maines, Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Strayer Perform National Anthem at DNC," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of rendition was in 1601

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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rendition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce rendition (audio)

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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