noun, plural ren·dez·vous [rahn-duh-vooz; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvuz; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/.

  1. an agreement between two or more persons to meet at a certain time and place.
  2. the meeting itself.
  3. a place designated for a meeting or assembling, especially of troops or ships.
  4. a meeting of two or more spacecraft in outer space.
  5. a favorite or popular gathering place.

verb (used with or without object), ren·dez·voused [rahn-duh-vood] /ˈrɑn dəˌvud/, ren·dez·vous·ing [rahn-duh-voo-ing] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu ɪŋ/.

  1. to assemble at an agreed time and place.

noun plural -vous (-ˌvuːz)

  1. a meeting or appointment to meet at a specified time and place
  2. a place where people meet
  3. an arranged meeting of two spacecraft


  1. to meet or cause to meet at a specified time or place

1590s, “place for assembling of troops,” from Middle French rendez-vous, noun use of rendez vous “present yourselves,” from rendez, plural imperative of rendre “to present” (see render (v.)) + vous “you,” from Latin vos, from PIE *wos- “you” (plural). General sense of “appointed place of meeting” is attested from 1590s.


1640s, from rendezvous (n.).

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