rendezvous

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noun

ren·​dez·​vous ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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plural rendezvous ˈrän-di-ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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a
: a place appointed for assembling or meeting
b
: a place of popular resort : haunt
2
: a meeting at an appointed place and time
3
: the process of bringing two spacecraft together

rendezvous

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verb

ren·​dez·​vous ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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rendezvoused ˈrän-di-ˌvüd How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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; rendezvousing ˈrän-di-ˌvü-iŋ How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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; rendezvouses ˈrän-di-ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
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intransitive verb

: to meet or come together at a particular time and place : come together for a rendezvous

transitive verb

1
: to bring together at a particular time and place : bring together for a rendezvous
2
: to meet at a rendezvous

Example Sentences

Noun But last July's rendezvous between the space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian Mir space station took place in a brand-new climate: the cold war is over, and budgets on both sides of the world are tight. Fred Guterl, Discover, January 1996 The hokeyness and childlike innocence of the scene … were endearing, in a Lost Boys sort of way, and I strolled over to the student-activities center for my rendezvous with my cadet informant thinking that The Citadel's version of martial culture was not so menacing after all. Susan Faludi, New Yorker, 5 Sept. 1994 Although roadside retreats have long been the haunt of individuals seeking discreet settings for an afternoon or evening rendezvous, the adult motel advertises and caters to a specific clientele. William Wyckoff, Geographical Review, July 1992 I was delighted to witness a rendezvous of about 60 cavers, who had come from as far as California, New York and even Switzerland, united in a common purpose. David Roberts, Smithsonian, November 1988 He left the car at Thirteenth Street, and might easily call at this hotel. It is a general rendezvous for visitors to the city. Horatio Alger, The Errand Boy, 1888 He was late for their rendezvous. The restaurant will be our rendezvous. Verb Despite a stuck antenna, the Galileo spacecraft successfully rendezvoused with the asteroid Gaspra last October, coming within 1,000 miles and snapping 150 photos for NASA's scrapbook. Linda Shiner, Air & Space Smithsonian, February/March 1992 Grabbing an extra suit of clothes and leaving the rest of his possessions on board with instructions to rendezvous the next day, he and his companions set off. Ross E. Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, 1986 His two ships were separated in the fog, but rendezvoused according to plan in Dusky Bay in southwest New Zealand to pass the southern winter. Daniel J. Boorstin, The Discoverers, 1983 The cousins rendezvoused in New York before they flew to London. we'll rendezvous at the entrance to the park at 6:00 p.m. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
According to the publication, this rendezvous occurred a week after Cher hosted Tyga and Edwards at her home in Malibu. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Nov. 2022 Shortly after that fortuitous rendezvous, Hanke became Friedberg’s chief economist. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2022 Nine minutes later, after dropping off its first stage for recovery on a landing barge, the Falcon 9's upper stage was expected to release the Crew Dragon capsule in low-Earth orbit, kicking off a 29-hour rendezvous with the space station. William Harwood, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2022 The three-day event – taking place during the Italian fest – is now recognized as the third most important annual rendezvous by the publishers, states Pascal Diot, head of industry sidebar Venice Production Bridge. Marta Balaga, Variety, 10 Sep. 2022 Kourtney Kardashian appears to be ready for another romantic rendezvous with Travis Barker! Amethyst Tate, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 Quinn suspects this mystery man would visit her Rapunzel style vis-a-vis a ladder so that Big Edie wouldn't find out about their rendezvous. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 20 Oct. 2022 Noah, 38, and Lipa, 27, were spotted Wednesday at Miss Lily’s in the East Village in New York City, according to the Daily Mail, which published several photos of their rendezvous. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2022 Try the Twill Cargo Joggers or the Perfect Pant on your next rendezvous. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 30 Sep. 2022
Verb
In Washington that day, Meggs made the decision for a group of Oath Keepers to head to the Capitol to rendezvous with Rhodes after hearing police barricades had been breached, and was in communication with Rhodes, Young testified. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2022 The Crew Flight Test (CFT) schedule falls nearly 3 1/2 years since the original uncrewed flight of Starliner that failed to rendezvous with the ISS. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2022 That’s why the AIDA collaboration includes the European Space Agency’s upcoming Hera mission, which is planned for launch in October 2024 and will rendezvous with the asteroid pair in late 2026. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 Jetal Agnihotri of Tucson, Ariz., was reported missing to park rangers Friday night after failing to rendezvous with other members of her hiking party. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Aug. 2022 Just like Guinevere and her Lancelot, In the safe precinct of the parking lot, The profs would rendezvous with the Queen To discuss the union, sans being seen. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2022 Since the early 1800s, when rich, high-ranking Ottoman officials known as pashas were said to have used their houseboats to rendezvous with their mistresses, the boats have radiated a kind of louche, half-light glamour. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Since the early 1800s, when rich, high-ranking Ottoman officials known as pashas were said to have used their houseboats to rendezvous with their mistresses, the boats have radiated a kind of louche, half-light glamour. Vivian Yee, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022 The country’s space program has mastered the ability to rendezvous one satellite with another in orbit, allowing for close-up kills, either by destroying an enemy satellite with a projectile or blinding its optics with lasers. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle French, from rendez vous present yourselves

First Known Use

Noun

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of rendezvous was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Rendezvous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rendezvous. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

rendezvous 1 of 2

noun

ren·​dez·​vous ˈrän-di-ˌvü How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
-dā-
plural rendezvous -ˌvüz How to pronounce rendezvous (audio)
1
a
: a place agreed on for assembling or meeting
b
: a place that many people visit
2
: a planned meeting

rendezvous

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verb

rendezvoused
-ˌvüd
; rendezvousing
-ˌvü-iŋ
; rendezvouses
-ˌvüz
: to come or bring together at a rendezvous

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