In my posting about The Guardian shying away from "dumb", I should have quoted the background source I used, which I've only just discovered and don't remember having seen cited here (apologies if it has been and I missed it): the Online Etymology Dictionary at www.etymonline.com
To put it through its paces a bit, I checked the history of "rendition" (see other thread) and learned that the "yield, deliver" meaning goes back to 1601, while the "performance, interpretation" meaning was first recorded in 1858, in the US.(*)
It looks promising for when hard copies of dictionaries are not at hand (in my case when I post here they usually aren't).

(ObPunc: Note that essential comma after "1858".)

Ross Howard
In my posting about The Guardian shying away from "dumb", I should have quoted the background source I used, which ... (in my case when I post here they usually aren't). (ObPunc: Note that essential comma after "1858".) Ross Howard

Thanks for that. Looks quite comprehensive. However, the citation for "entree" looks a bit sus.
Izzy