Meaning of RENDEZVOUS in English


I. ren ‧ dez ‧ vous 1 /ˈrɒndəvuː, ˈrɒndɪvuː, -deɪ- $ ˈrɑːndeɪ-/ BrE AmE noun ( plural rendezvous /-vuːz/)

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: 'present yourselves!' ]

1 . [countable] an arrangement to meet someone at a particular time and place, often secretly

rendezvous with

He made a rendezvous with her in Times Square.

plans for a secret rendezvous

2 . [countable usually singular] a place where two or more people have arranged to meet:

Boats picked us up at pre-arranged rendezvous.

3 . [countable] a bar, restaurant etc where people like to meet:

a popular rendezvous for media people

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▪ meeting an occasion when people meet in order to discuss something:

a business meeting.


Mr Bell is in a meeting.


The committee will hold another meeting Wednesday.

▪ conference an organized event, especially one that continues for several days, at which a lot of people meet to discuss a particular subject and hear speeches about it:

Didn’t you give a talk at the conference last year?


a conference of women business leaders

▪ convention a large formal meeting of people who belong to a political party, or to an organization of people with the same interests:

the Democratic Party Convention


a convention for Star Trek fans

▪ rally a large public meeting, especially one that is held outdoors to support or protest about something:

There was a massive peace rally in London.

▪ summit a meeting between government leaders from important and powerful countries, to discuss important matters:

A summit meeting of OPEC leaders was called to find a solution to the oil crisis.


next week’s economic summit

▪ caucus American English a local meeting of the members of a political party to choose people to represent them at a larger meeting, or to choose a candidate in an election:

Obama won the Iowa caucus in 2007.

▪ teleconference/video conference a business meeting in which people in different places talk to each other using telephones or video equipment:

The chairman held teleconferences with his senior managers.

▪ gathering/get-together a situation in which a group of people come together to meet, talk, and have drinks with each other, especially friends or family:

We held a small family get-together to celebrate her birthday.


She arranged social gatherings in Kettering for young people on Saturday evenings.

▪ date an arrangement to meet someone who you are having, or hoping to have, a romantic relationship with:

I think I might ask her out on a date.

▪ rendezvous a meeting where two people have arranged to meet at a particular time or place, often secretly:

She arranged a rendezvous with him in the hotel bar.

▪ tryst literary a secret meeting between people who are having a romantic relationship:

a good place for a moonlight tryst

II. rendezvous 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

1 . to meet someone at a time or place that was arranged earlier SYN meet up

rendezvous with

We’ll rendezvous with James in Nicosia.

2 . if two spacecraft, aircraft, or military vehicles rendezvous, they meet, for example to move supplies from one to the other

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.