or R.S.V.P.

verb (used without object), RSVPed or RSVP'd, RSVPing or RSVP'ing.
  1. to reply to an invitation: Don't forget to RSVP before Thursday.
noun, plural RSVP's.
  1. a reply to an invitation: He sent a lovely bouquet of flowers with his RSVP.
  2. (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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for r.s.v.p.


abbreviation for
  1. répondez s'il vous plaît

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

r.s.v.p. in Culture


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

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