or R.S.V.P.

[ ahr-es-vee-pee ]

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

First recorded in 1895–1900; from French r(épondez) s('il) v(ous) p(laît), “please reply”; cf. respond, rendezvous, please Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for RSVP


abbreviation for
  1. répondez s'il vous plaît

Origin of RSVP

French: please reply

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Cultural 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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