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1 a meeting planned at a certain time and place
2 a place where people meet; "he was waiting for them at the rendezvous"
3 a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex [syn: tryst] v : meet at a rendezvous

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From French rendez-vous, from rendez, second person plural of se rendre, to go (to) + vous, you.



  1. A meeting or date.
    I have a rendezvous with a friend in three weeks.
  2. An agreement to meet; a location or time agreed upon to meet.
    “Get the party started at the rendezvous at oh six hours.”


A meeting or date
An agreement to meet; a location or time agreed upon to meet


  1. To meet at an agreed time and place.
    Let's rendezvous at the bordello at 8:00 and go from there.


To meet at an agreed time and place

See also

  • rendez-vous for French definition, spelling, and pronunciation

Extensive Definition

Rendezvous is the anglicisation of the French word Rendez-vous meaning "appointment". (literally, go to ); or /ˈrɒndəvuː/.
In a general sense, it means any type of meeting, generally between two persons. It contains the connotation of a romantic meeting, such as a tryst.
It can also be a place either for a meeting at an agreed time, or where people often meet.


  • Rendezvous is a label applied to annual gatherings in North America. These are events where teachers and students gather to teach, learn and share information about their areas of interest. Analogous to conferences held in the out-of-doors about things having to do with the out-of-doors.
  • "Rendezvous" was the name used for the annual meeting of mountain men and fur buyers during the Western fur trade era, where trappers would exchange beaver skins for supplies and goods they wanted. These events occurred between the early 1820s and the 1840s, coming to an end when the price of beaver skins fell due to changes in fashion. It is now used for any gathering in the buckskinning historical re-enactment hobby.
  • Rendezvous is one of the biggest college cultural festivals in India, organised by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi during September.


  • Rendezvous is the short name for Virtual Rendezvous, both an open software project and the company leading it.
  • Rendezvous, now called Bonjour, a computer network technology developed by Apple Computer.
  • Rendezvous (plan 9), a system call of Plan 9
  • Rendezvous problem, a class of computational problems
  • Rendezvous is a short name for TIBCO Rendezvous, a software product.
  • Rendezvous is the name of inter-process (inter-task) communication method of the Ada programming language and of the Symbian operating system.


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rendezvous in German: Rendezvous
rendezvous in French: Rendez-vous
rendezvous in Japanese: ランデヴー
rendezvous in Norwegian: Rendezvous
rendezvous in Slovak: Rendezvous
rendezvous in Swedish: Rendezvous

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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