[ 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).
Were P And R Once The Same Letter?Do you ever stop and look at the shape of our alphabet? Each letter looks natural to us now, but all those lines and circles have unique histories. It’s easy to make assumptions that our letters make sense, that they developed in some orderly logical way, and one reasonable assumption would be that P and R are related to each other based on their form. …
Origin of RSVP
1895–1900; < French r(épondez) s('il) v(ous) p(laît) please reply
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British Dictionary definitions for r.s.v.p.
répondez s'il vous plaît
Word Origin for RSVP
French: please reply
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Culture definitions for r.s.v.p.
Please reply or answer. From the French, “répondez s'il vous plaît,” meaning “respond if you please.”
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