Definition of recital in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈsīdl/


1The performance of a program of music by a solo instrumentalist or singer or by a small group: a piano recital
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  • This is the person who will buy tickets to attend symphony concerts, opera, ballet, chamber music recitals, choral concerts and musical theater.
  • It is also considered disruptive to clap individual songs or short instrumental pieces rather than at the end of each group at lieder recitals or early music concerts.
  • Next Friday it performs a recital of sacred choral music at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford.
concert, performance, musical performance, solo performance, solo
informal gig
2An enumeration or listing of connected names, facts, or elements; a recital of their misfortunes
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  • One is the children's memorial: a dark, empty space broken only by myriad points of light, like stars, and by a continuous recital of the names of children who perished.
  • This work is not a recital of the principal events connected with Guru Nanak's life nor is it a compendium of his teachings.
  • Brown seeks to show, with impressive erudition and illuminating analyses of many works of art, how imagination can be a vehicle of truth that is more profound than bare recitals of historical fact.
enumeration, list, litany, catalog, listing, detailing;
account, report, description, recapitulation, recounting
3 (usually recitals) Law The part of a legal document that explains the purpose of the deed and gives factual information.
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  • You might note that the Crown law officer who drafted the lease got the proclamation wrong in the recitals but otherwise the documents are there, your Honours.
  • The following recitals explain the background and underlying policy of the Directive, so far as relevant for present purposes.
  • One of the problems in that case was the use of recitals in legislation to establish constitutional facts.



Pronunciation: /rəˈsīdlist/
Example sentences
  • The delightful Finnish soprano is the first of a distinguished group of vocal recitalists at Brian McMaster's final festival, performing songs by Mozart, Sibelius, Schoenberg and Britten.
  • Also a distinguished soloist and recitalist, he has shared the stage with many well-known orchestras and performed at numerous international music festivals.
  • By 14, my father had become a renowned organ recitalist - playing and broadcasting from churches and cathedrals all over the country.

Words that rhyme with recital

entitle, mistitle, requital, title, vital

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Syllabification: re·cit·al

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