Definition of encore in English:


Line breaks: en¦core
Pronunciation: /ˈɒŋkɔː


  • A repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience: everybody got up on stage for the final encore
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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.
    repeat performance, extra performance, additional performance, replay, repeat, repetition; curtain call


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  • Again! (as called by an audience at the end of a concert): it was Louis who shouted ‘Bravo! Encore!’


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  • 1Call for a repeated or additional performance of (an item) at the end of a concert: several arias were encored
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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.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a performer) give an encore: he encored with a solo number
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    • They encored with England Made Me, and a brilliantly dispassionate version of one of Bowie's more histrionic moments.
    • They started slowly, but by the time they encored with Phat Planet there were no doubts left, nor much of your ears.
    • Willie Ryan encored with his lovely poem, and Noreen Cusack entertained us all with her comedic skills.


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

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