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or R.S.V.P

[ahr-es-vee-pee] /ˈɑrˈɛsˈviˈpi/
verb (used without object), RSVPed or RSVP'd, RSVPing or RSVP'ing.
to reply to an invitation:
Don't forget to RSVP before Thursday.
noun, plural RSVP's.
a reply to an invitation:
He sent a lovely bouquet of flowers with his RSVP.
(used on an invitation to indicate that the favor of a reply is requested).
Origin of RSVP
1895-1900; < French r(épondez) s('il) v(ous) p(laît) please reply Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for r.s.v.p.


répondez s'il vous plaît
Word Origin
French: please reply
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Word Origin and History for r.s.v.p.


also RSVP, c.1845, from French initialism of répondez, s'il vous plait "reply, if you please," as it might have been written on a letter or envelope.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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r.s.v.p. in Culture

R.S.V.P. definition

Please reply or answer. From the French, “répondez s'il vous plaît,” meaning “respond if you please.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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