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 The series' fourth season curtain call finds Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) facing one of their biggest challenges yet: braving their first day at Cavendish Sixth Form College. Brittany Vincent,, 2 Aug. 2023 Around her, a dozen other Native cast members, most from the Lumbee tribe in southeastern North Carolina, relaxed at picnic tables on the water’s edge ahead of their curtain call. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023 Ramón Ayala, affectionately known as the King of the Accordion, announced the curtain call on his remarkable 60-year career with the El Principio De Un Final (The Beginning of an End) tour on Tuesday (Feb. 27). Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2024 When Escola took their curtain call, the screams and cheers roared from the standing ovation, only ending when Escola quickly bowed and then ducked straight back behind the curtain. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 In photos of her curtain call, Holt was seen sporting Hart's signature blonde curls, a bright red lip and a black one-piece. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 This was Beckham, fully embracing Flowers, in his ear doing most of the talking, sharing a lengthy human moment during the curtain call of their season, a 17-10 home loss in the AFC championship game. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 28 Jan. 2024 Viewers and media noticed that Yang (who is gay) distanced himself — like, physically — as far as possible from the comedian during the curtain call. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 As the show neared its curtain call, chef Richard Blais, who worked with Ray for over a decade, made a chicken lobster piccata dish as an homage to her signature Italian-American dishes. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 24 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curtain call was in 1884

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“Curtain call.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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curtain call

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