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Aug 1, 2012
This week's theme
Words that have the plural spelled the same but pronounced differently

This week's words
corps
faux pas
rendezvous
pince-nez
precis

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rendezvous

PRONUNCIATION:
(RAHN-day-voo, -duh-)
plural rendezvous (RAHN-day-vooz, -duh-)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A meeting at an agreed time and place.
2. A prearranged meeting place.
3. A popular gathering place: haunt.

verb tr., intr.:
To meet at a prearranged time or place.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French rendez-vous (present yourselves), imperative of rendre (to present) + vous (you). Earliest documented use: 1556.

USAGE:
"When Zina's husband falls for the ballerina, the two women connive to trick him, disguising the wife as the potential lover for a rendezvous."
Brian Seibert; Playing Up The Humor When Fools Fall in Love; The New York Times; May 31, 2012.

See more usage examples of rendezvous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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