curtain call

noun

Definition of curtain call

: an appearance by a performer (as after the final curtain of a play) in response to the applause of the audience

Examples of curtain call in a Sentence

The singer came back for one more curtain call.
Recent Examples on the Web In the finale, Symone showed down against her fierce competitors Gottmik, Rosé, and Kandy Muse by lip-synching for her life to the smash hits of Britney Spears—an iconic curtain call if there ever was one. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Armed With Style and a Message, Symone Earned Her Drag Race Win," 28 Apr. 2021 It’s a heartbreaking journey with moments of real triumph, including Turner playing to a crowd of 186,000 in Rio and the audience clearly adoring her during a curtain call at the musical based on her life. Ed Masley, Detroit Free Press, "Tina Turner documentary is a poignant portrait of survival," 26 Mar. 2021 The final movie curtain call took place on Dec. 31, 1977, when the theater officially became a nightclub. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, "'Good entertainment in luxurious comfort': When The Vogue was a movie theater," 28 Apr. 2021 It’s a heartbreaking journey with moments of real triumph, including Turner playing to a crowd of 186,000 in Rio and the audience clearly adoring her during a curtain call at the musical based on her life. Ed Masley, Detroit Free Press, "Tina Turner documentary is a poignant portrait of survival," 26 Mar. 2021 It’s a heartbreaking journey with moments of real triumph, including Turner playing to a crowd of 186,000 in Rio and the audience clearly adoring her during a curtain call at the musical based on her life. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "This Tina Turner documentary is more than a movie. It's a poignant portrait of survival," 23 Mar. 2021 The Maroons quit Big Ten basketball in 1944-45 but returned for a curtain call in ’45-46. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "So much for Chicago’s Big Ten team: 75 years ago, the University of Chicago told the conference it wanted out," 8 Mar. 2021 After eight Grammys, a number one hit, and an inimitable decades-long career, the music icon takes her curtain call with this two-hour, intimate portrait of her life, premiering tomorrow on HBO. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tina Turner's New HBO Documentary Is an Emotional Farewell. Here's Where She Is Now.," 26 Mar. 2021 The Snyder cut thus operates more as fan service than as a narrative experience, like an extended curtain call for DC’s lengthy slate of characters. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Zack Snyder’s Justice League Is the Ultimate Fan Service," 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of curtain call

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of curtain call was in 1884

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13 May 2021

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“Curtain call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtain%20call. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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curtain call

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curtain call

: the time when a performer returns to the stage at the end of a performance in response to the applause of the audience

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