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rendezvous

[rahn-duh-voo, -dey-; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu, -deɪ-; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/
noun, plural rendezvous
[rahn-duh-vooz; French rahn-de-voo] /ˈrɑn dəˌvuz; French rɑ̃ dɛˈvu/ (Show IPA)
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 object), verb (used without object), rendezvoused
[rahn-duh-vood] /ˈrɑn dəˌvud/ (Show IPA),
rendezvousing
[rahn-duh-voo-ing] /ˈrɑn dəˌvu ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
6.
to assemble at an agreed time and place.
Origin of rendezvous
1585-1595
1585-95; < Middle French, noun use of rendez-vous (imperative) present or betake yourselves; see render1
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  • The tavern, of course, was the rendezvous through the week, and the place where all the news and scandal could be enjoyed.

    I've Been Thinking; Azel Stevens Roe
  • But Allister had not come in, although he was usually the first at a rendezvous.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He wondered whether Virginie would have reached the place of rendezvous, and yet he was unable to compute the passage of minutes.

    My Lady Ludlow Elizabeth Gaskell
  • The keeper of the rendezvous received us gladly, and we shipped immediately.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • On the 11th of June he was at the rendezvous, but not till the 23d of July did the bulk of the Spanish force appear.

British Dictionary definitions for rendezvous

rendezvous

/ˈrɒndɪˌvuː/
noun (pl) -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
verb
4.
to meet or cause to meet at a specified time or place
Word Origin
C16: from French, from rendez-vous! present yourselves! from se rendre to present oneself; see render
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Word Origin and History for rendezvous
n.

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.

v.

1640s, from rendezvous (n.).

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rendezvous in Technology


1. In Ada, the method of synchronising the activity of different tasks.
2. Query language, close to natural English.
["Seven Steps to Rendezvous with the Casual User", E. Codd in Data Base Management, J.W. Klimbie et al eds, N-H 1974, pp.179-199].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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