[ree-yoon-yuh n]


the act of uniting again.
the state of being united again.
a gathering of relatives, friends, or associates at regular intervals or after separation: a family reunion.

Origin of reunion

First recorded in 1600–10; re- + union


[ree-yoon-yuh n; French rey-y-nyawn]


an island in the Indian Ocean, E of Madagascar: an overseas department of France. 970 sq. mi. (2512 sq. km). Capital: St. Denis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for reunion

reconciliation, homecoming, assembly, get-together

Examples from the Web for reunion

Contemporary Examples of reunion

Historical Examples of reunion

  • The Seventh Day of the seventh month is the festival of their reunion.

  • The question of the reunion or separation of the sexes plays an important part.

  • When Hermione contemplated that reunion, she felt that it would be to her intolerable.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • It seemed to be of parting, and the hope of reunion, involving one named Irene.

  • The reunion of Father Griffen, the duke and his wife, was as touching as that of the adventurer.

British Dictionary definitions for reunion



the act or process of coming together again
the state or condition of having been brought together again
a gathering of relatives, friends, or former associates



an island in the Indian Ocean, in the Mascarene Islands: an overseas region of France, having been in French possession since 1642. A number of far-flung and uninhabited islands, some located on the opposite side of Madagascar, were also politically part of Réunion until 2007, when they were transferred to the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. Capital: Saint-Denis. Pop: 767 000 (2004 est). Area: 2510 sq km (970 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for reunion

c.1600, "act or fact of coming together again," from re- "back, again" + union; or from French réunion (1540s). Meaning "meeting of persons of previous connection" is from 1820.

The island of Reunion, formerly known as Bourbon, was renamed during the French Revolution (1793) in commemoration of the 1792 union of revolutionaries from Marseille with the National Guard in Paris, renamed back to Bourbon after 1815, then back to the Revolutionary name after 1848.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper