noun per·for·mance \pə(r)-ˈfr-mən(t)s\

: an activity (such as singing a song or acting in a play) that a person or group does to entertain an audience

: the way an actor performs a part in a play, movie, etc.

: the act of doing a job, an activity, etc.

Full Definition of PERFORMANCE

a :  the execution of an action
b :  something accomplished :  deed, feat
:  the fulfillment of a claim, promise, or request :  implementation
a :  the action of representing a character in a play
b :  a public presentation or exhibition <a benefit performance>
a :  the ability to perform :  efficiency
b :  the manner in which a mechanism performs <engine performance>
:  the manner of reacting to stimuli :  behavior
:  the linguistic behavior of an individual :  parole; also :  the ability to speak a certain language — compare competence 3


  1. This evening's performance will start at 8 o'clock.
  2. The hall is usually used for orchestra performances.
  3. The critics loved her performance as the villain.
  4. A supervisor will evaluate each employee's performance.
  5. employees with strong job performances
  6. Employees are given an annual performance assessment.
  7. The gas additive improves engine performance.
  8. an increased level of performance
  9. We've introduced new performance levels.

First Known Use of PERFORMANCE

15th century

Other Performing Arts Terms

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