curtain call


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.

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Ovations and multiple curtain calls followed the breathtaking performances and the audience left on a high to dine in the foyers of the Opera Garnier. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Keira Knightley, Marion Cotillard, and More Attend the Paris Opera Ballet’s Opulent Opening Gala," 28 Sep. 2018 Remarkably, given the starry cast, but deservedly, the cheers for him at the curtain call were the most enthusiastic by far. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 The real place to grab a pint is the Old Ebbitt Grill, an iconic tavern that is arguably the best curtain call in the city. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Are Cincinnati Reds .500 team now? Ask me at All-Star break," 28 June 2018 At the end of night performances, the stage lights are darkened for just a moment and, at that moment, everyone in the audience shifts their gaze to the stars before the lights come back on for the curtain call. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 Few may have noticed, but Villanueva’s curtain call after his third homer Tuesday actually came as Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela was delivering a pitch to the next hitter, Freddy Galvis. Kevin Acee,, "Christian Villanueva takes step forward, but Padres third base race still in progress," 4 Apr. 2018 But there was to be no curtain call for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, both eliminated at the last 16 stage by teams whose collective talent outstripped the individual ability of their opponents' talismanic superstars., "Messi vs Ronaldo: The Myth of the One-Man Team & the Overwhelming Importance of Trust," 2 July 2018 The best and most emotional moments of the night for him were watching Jordan and Coomes have their curtain calls. Brody Miller,, "LSU seniors say goodbye to The Box: 'This is my haven'," 15 May 2018 Smith and Justify took a curtain call before entering the winner’s circle. Beth Harris,, "Justify wins Triple Crown; Gronkowski the horse gets second," 10 June 2018

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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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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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