or R.S.V.P.

[ ahr-es-vee-pee ]
/ ˈɑrˈɛsˈviˈpi /
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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).



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Origin of RSVP

1895–1900; <French r(épondez) s('il) v(ous) p(laît) please reply
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British Dictionary definitions for RSVP


abbreviation for

répondez s'il vous plaît
French: please reply
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Cultural definitions for RSVP


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

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