Definition of rendition in US English:



  • 1A performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music.

    ‘a wonderful rendition of “Nessun Dorma.”’
    • ‘I just sang a rousing rendition of Oh, Canada!’
    • ‘His elegant rendition of Rachmaninov's version of Fritz Kreisler's Liebesfreud was a charming encore.’
    • ‘They started proceedings with a rousing rendition of the national anthem.’
    • ‘The crowd reactions to her jazz renditions prompted her to investigate the jazz scene.’
    • ‘Starting at 7 pm, the night will feature music, poetry and performance, plus a rendition of the new song ‘Six Pack To Go!’’
    • ‘As the story goes, these former Argentinian circus carneys came to Canada in search of a better life, while performing rousing renditions of classic rock ballads.’
    • ‘Dancing continued until midnight, when there was a rousing rendition of the national anthem to close the evening.’
    • ‘She performed an incredible live rendition of her greatest hits.’
    • ‘He really nails the performance overall, and gives some incredibly stirring renditions of some of Malcolm's speeches.’
    • ‘The bartender than began to sing a stirring rendition of Danny Boy to the crowd with swoons all around.’
    • ‘A concert rendition enables more concentration on the words without the distraction of stage action.’
    • ‘The idea is simple: get a load of top bands to pick songs that have reached #1 in the past and perform their own rendition of said song.’
    • ‘Three contestants have 30 seconds to perform their rendition of what they think will be the music of tomorrow.’
    • ‘Also notable is the dramatic rendition of ‘The Ballad of Marie Sanders,’ one of several Bertolt Brecht / Hans Eisler compositions that Hille regularly performs.’
    • ‘Leanne likes to sing and recently performed a breathtaking rendition of Bette Midler's ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ at her friend's wedding.’
    • ‘For the last 10 years they have become well known for their renditions of old time duets and for their performances with the ‘Forever Young Golden Girls’ - a tap dancing group for older women.’
    • ‘In the video, the frumpy seniors perform a piano duet rendition of an old American ballad, ‘Green Fields,’ providing a rather melancholy soundtrack to the entire video.’
    • ‘Is there a more beautiful rendition of an American patriotic song?’
    • ‘The pianist's dazzling rendition of the Vivace finale was a pianistic tour de force.’
    • ‘With its 22-member wood and brass wind concert band, the group promises to present an enjoyable mix of inspiring orchestral classical and contemporary music, spiced with moving vocal renditions by guest artistes.’
    performance, rendering, interpretation, presentation, execution, delivery
    version, variation, take on
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    1. 1.1 A visual representation or reproduction.
      ‘a pen-and-ink rendition of Mars with his sword drawn’
      • ‘There are a number of extant monumental variants, and renditions proliferated in copies and in versions on coins and vases and in relief sculpture.’
      • ‘Many of his works feature astonishingly mimetic renditions of fruits, flora, and vessels, as in the Bacchus.’
      • ‘His fresh blend of Japanese and Western influences is exemplified by his showy woodcut renditions of passages from Walt Whitman's ‘Leaves of Grass’.’
      • ‘In the earlier rendition, Titian depicts Silenus in the background, asleep and slumped over.’
      • ‘The image, which at first might have been mistaken for a blurry rendition of Atari's arcade game Centipede, gradually became recognizable as nighttime city traffic.’
      • ‘The major advantage of comics is their mass appeal, which lies in the simplicity of the visual rendition of stories.’
      • ‘The paintings feature rows of panels, each containing a rendition of one of his own earlier images.’
      • ‘In Three Yellow Triangles, in a setting of squiggly crisscrossed lines, three triangles are pierced by lines and skirted with circles - reportedly stylized renditions of Tibetan prayer wheels.’
      • ‘The source photographs are a jumping-off point for their strategies of intervention, and the pair's renditions of media images are direct and physical.’
      • ‘Emerging from semidarkness, they were treated to an all-encompassing rendition of the city of Algiers and the arrival of the French fleet in 1830 unfolding around them.’
      • ‘A selection of visual renditions of the ogre, which some people say can only have been seen in dreams and by sorcerers, shall further introduce the image.’
      • ‘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 visual rendition of the scene in the medieval period is usually known as Christ in the House of Simon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, she paints a rendition of each Polaroid with matte oils on panel.’
      • ‘A hint of the complexity of their production was nicely conveyed by the installation at Yale, supervised by Hamilton himself so that various renditions of the same image were often grouped in bring into focus their differences.’
      • ‘Horizontal and vertical strokes of white are pushing over red, and a harsh rendition emerges.’
      • ‘We have a lot of artists' renditions of what the saucers may have looked like.’
      • ‘Shaw's renditions, unlike paintings or photographs that capture a passing moment, are all the more fascinating for being actual, touchable objects.’
      • ‘The four leaping women of Empty Center, their pink skin ravishing against the dark green background, are a scattered rendition of Matisse's The Dance (first version).’
      depiction, portrayal, representation, delineation, artist's impression
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    2. 1.2 A translation or transliteration.
      translation, transliteration, transcription
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  • 2The 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.

    • ‘And I think the whole process of rendition is very fraught with danger.’
    • ‘We have wanted, on the Intelligence Committee, the minority party, to do a full investigation of detention, interrogation and rendition.’
    • ‘And therefore, rendition is a way of getting that person back to the country of origin, back to a place where they can be held, and where they can be brought to justice.’
    • ‘He says the practice of rendition started during the Clinton administration.’
    • ‘The rendition program was authorized under the Clinton administration and received bipartisan Congressional approval.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘But the agency practice which goes back to the administration in favor of rendition certainly suggests that the institution has seen some value in it.’
    • ‘One case detailed by Mayer sheds light on one of the main purposes of the rendition program.’
    • ‘I mean, we have all known about the extraordinary rendition program for a long time.’


Early 17th century: from obsolete French, from rendre ‘give back, render’.