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 Appearing on the rooftop of Kimmel’s studio, Eilish gave a pensive, emotional rendition of the song, with a surging climax. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 14 Oct. 2021 Now there’s a new rendition of the 1954 tune, courtesy of William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. Mary Colurso |, al, 11 Oct. 2021 That music was by the great Yoko Kanno, who composed all the music for Cowboy Bebop and will be returning for the live-action rendition, which Nemec has been on a journey to make since that discovery a decade ago. Nick Romano,, 21 Sep. 2021 Yes, that too, though the vast majority of viewers who take a chance on the HBO version won’t have seen the ‘73 rendition. Michael Phillips,, 14 Sep. 2021 The United States built clandestine networks to detain, rendition, interrogate and, yes, torture suspected Islamist extremists. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 But unlike the super-sharp, sheetlike straightness that characterized that look, a new rendition—liquid hair—has come forward to take its place. Elle Turner, Glamour, 10 Aug. 2021 The digital rendition of Firestone, sitting in a chair and dressed in a white pantsuit, almost always had an answer. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021 The Lynhall's rendition ($14), devised by former chef Kristin Tyborski, includes feta, which gives it a creamy heft, and delicate fried chickpeas, which insert a welcome crunch. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021

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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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“Rendition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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