Definition of encore in English:


Syllabification: en·core
Pronunciation: /ˈänˌkôr


  • A repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience.
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    • And then it's time for the encores and final farewells.
    • At 62 she rarely betrayed her age and, if my memory serves me correctly, she performed a number of encores to thank the very enthusiastic audience.
    • They order a jug of sangria, watching the Argentinian who, aware of his audience's renewed interest, is now performing an encore.


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  • Called out by an audience at the end of a concert to request an additional performance.


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  • Give or call for a repeated or additional performance of (an item) at the end of a concert.
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    • Spice was encored three times.
    • At the Richter premiere the third movement was encored, and Elgar wrote beside it in his programme ‘lovely’.
    • ‘Va, pensiero,’ the opera's most famous excerpt, was even encored on opening night.


early 18th century: French, literally 'still, again'.

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