Definition of rendition in English:


Syllabification: ren·di·tion
Pronunciation: /renˈdiSHən


  • 1A performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music: a wonderful rendition of “Nessun Dorma.”
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    • The pianist's dazzling rendition of the Vivace finale was a pianistic tour de force.
    • Starting at 7 pm, the night will feature music, poetry and performance, plus a rendition of the new song ‘Six Pack To Go!’
    • Three contestants have 30 seconds to perform their rendition of what they think will be the music of tomorrow.
  • 1.1A visual representation or reproduction: a pen-and-ink rendition of Mars with his sword drawn
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    • The visual rendition of the scene in the medieval period is usually known as Christ in the House of Simon.
    • Last year, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission held the Raleigh Red Wolf Ramble, a public exhibition of 100 artists' renditions of red wolf sculptures.
    • The work often doesn't recreate an exact rendition of a particular location on canvas, but rather an artist's loose memory or feeling about nature, expressing its essence or spirit.
  • 1.2A translation or transliteration.
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    translation, interpretation, version
  • 2 (also extraordinary rendition) The practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.
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    • He says the practice of rendition started during the Clinton administration.
    • We have wanted, on the Intelligence Committee, the minority party, to do a full investigation of detention, interrogation and rendition.
    • It reminds me of a high-minded statesman in our own time who manages to practice torture, which he deplores, by proxy, using ‘extraordinary rendition.’


early 17th century: from obsolete French, from rendre 'give back, render'.

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