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What does RSVP mean?

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June 10, 2016 2:55PM

R.S.V.P. stands for the French phrase, "répondez, s'il vous plaît," which literally translates to "respond if you please," or more simply, "please respond."

The phrase is used in the sense of an invitation: the sender is asking for a reply indicating whether or not the invitee accepts the invitation, so the host or hostess knows how many guests to expect.