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From obsolete French rendition, alteration (after rendre (to render)) of reddition (reddition). Many senses influenced by render.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɛnˈdɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: ren‧di‧tion


rendition (countable and uncountable, plural renditions)

  1. An interpretation or performance of an artwork, especially a musical score or musical work. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011 April 12, Paul Lester, The Guardian:
      The group's debut, Beloved Symphony, featuring light opera renditions of Mozart, Bach and Chopin, was deemed insufficiently classic for inclusion on the classical charts.
    • 2017 June 25, “Vaccines”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 4, episode 17, John Oliver (actor), via HBO:
      Yes. That is Rob Schneider performing an impromptu rendition of his famous character: the annoying guy who is wrong.
  2. A given visual reproduction of something. [from 20th c.]
  3. Translation between languages, or between forms of a language; a translated text or work. [from 17th c.]
  4. (law, chiefly US) Formal deliverance of a verdict. [from 18th c.]
  5. (law, chiefly US) The handing-over of someone wanted for justice who has fled a given jurisdiction; extradition. [from 19th c.]
    • 2011 March 30, Ian Cobain, The Guardian:
      Since then, according to his lawyers and relatives, he has been repeatedly beaten, threatened with a firearm and with further rendition to Guantánamo by Ugandan officials, before being questioned by American officials.
  6. (now rare) The surrender (of a city, fortress etc.). [from 17th c.]
  7. (now rare) The handing over of a person or thing. [from 17th c.]


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rendition (third-person singular simple present renditions, present participle renditioning, simple past and past participle renditioned)

  1. (transitive) To surrender or hand over (a person or thing); especially, for one jurisdiction to do so to another.
    • 2007, Thomas G. Mitchell, Antislavery Politics in Antebellum and Civil War America[1], Greenwood Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 60:
      Records show that only about three hundred fugitive slaves were renditioned to the South between 1850 and secession a decade later.

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