re·​union | \(ˌ)rē-ˈyün-yən \

Definition of reunion 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of reuniting : the state of being reunited

2 : a reuniting of persons after separation


geographical name
Ré·​union | \rē-ˈyü-nyən, ˌrā-ᵫ-ˈnyōⁿ\

Definition of Réunion (Entry 2 of 2)

island of the western Mascarene Islands in the western Indian Ocean; an overseas department of France; capital Saint-Denis area 970 square miles (2522 square kilometers), population 834,000

Examples of reunion in a Sentence


an emotional reunion between mother and son He dreamed of a reunion with his son.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Ranch’s front portico is littered with board shorts and jerseys, as athletes mingle around and the competition has the air of a family reunion where Slater cuts a patriarchal figure. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Representatives from Cayuga Centers have not responded to multiple requests for comment on the Gonzalez Garcia family’s potential reunion. Nick Oza, azcentral, "A Guatemalan mother is driving from the border to New York to find her separated children," 1 July 2018 In recent years, North Korean provocations have impeded efforts to resume family reunions. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Koreas Set Reunions for Families Split by War," 22 June 2018 The North rejected a South Korean proposal for family reunions last year, seeking the workers’ return first. Washington Post, "2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families," 21 June 2018 The North rejected a South Korean proposal for family reunions last year, seeking the workers' return first. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families," 21 June 2018 While North and South Korea have facilitated more than a dozen opportunities for family reunions in the past, there is no official channel to connect Korean Americans with their relatives in North Korea. Natasha Chen, CNN, "Last chance for Korean Americans hoping to find lost family members," 11 June 2018 As the group nearly doubled in size, people laughed and hugged, and smiles spread across their faces; the scene was akin to a family reunion. Kent Nishimura,, "An a cappella family," 7 June 2018 The two men agreed to hold a new round of working-level talks, which Mr Kim had cancelled the week before, on June 1st, and to arrange dates for military-level discussions and preparatory talks to reinstate family reunions. The Economist, "The leaders of the two Koreas meet again," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of reunion


1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reunion

: an act of getting people together again after they have been apart : an act of reuniting

: an organized gathering of people who have not been together for a long time


re·​union | \rē-ˈyün-yən \

Kids Definition of reunion

1 : an act of coming or bringing together again after being apart the band's reunion

2 : an organized gathering of people who have not been together for some time a class reunion

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