verb (used without object), RSVPed or RSVP'd, RSVPing or RSVP'ing.
- to reply to an invitation: Don't forget to RSVP before Thursday.
- 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
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British Dictionary definitions for r.s.v.p.
Word Origin for RSVP
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
Please reply or answer. From the French, “répondez s'il vous plaît,” meaning “respond if you please.”
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