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[rahn-duh-voo, -dey-; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu, -deɪ-; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/
noun, plural rendezvous
[rahn-duh-vooz; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvuz; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/ (Show IPA)
an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.
the meeting itself.
a place designated for a meeting or assembling, especially of troops or ships.
a meeting of two or more spacecraft in outer space.
a favorite or popular gathering place.
verb (used with or without object), rendezvoused
[rahn-duh-vood] /ˈrɑn dəˌvud/ (Show IPA),
[rahn-duh-voo-ing] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to assemble at an agreed time and place.
Origin of rendezvous
1585-95; < Middle French, noun use of rendez-vous (imperative) present or betake yourselves; see render1 Unabridged
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  • The tavern, of course, was the rendezvous through the week, and the place where all the news and scandal could be enjoyed.

    I've Been Thinking; Azel Stevens Roe
  • On the route it meets other contingents until the rendezvous is reached.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • He wondered whether Virginie would have reached the place of rendezvous, and yet he was unable to compute the passage of minutes.

    My Lady Ludlow Elizabeth Gaskell
  • A rendezvous was necessary, in order to make the most both of the men and stores.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • On the 11th of June he was at the rendezvous, but not till the 23d of July did the bulk of the Spanish force appear.

British Dictionary definitions for rendezvous


noun (pl) -vous (-ˌvuːz)
a meeting or appointment to meet at a specified time and place
a place where people meet
an arranged meeting of two spacecraft
to meet or cause to meet at a specified time or place
Word Origin
C16: from French, from rendez-vous! present yourselves! from se rendre to present oneself; see render
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Word Origin and History for rendezvous

1590s, "place for assembling of troops," from Middle French rendez-vous, noun use of rendez vous "present yourselves," from rendez, plural imperative of rendre "to present" (see render (v.)) + vous "you," from Latin vos, from PIE *wos- "you" (plural). General sense of "appointed place of meeting" is attested from 1590s.


1640s, from rendezvous (n.).


1640s, from rendezvous (n.).

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