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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On what felt like the first day of summer at Wrigley Field, the crowd of 39,077 demanded a curtain call — and got one. Teddy Greenstein,, "Javier Baez’s homer saves the Cubs in a 5-3 thriller against the Mets," 23 June 2019 To get a curtain call from the sellout crowd after hitting a home run against their own pitcher, Dakota Hudson? Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "As Albert Pujols shines in St. Louis return, you can't help but wonder: What if he never left?," 21 June 2019 This exclusive video above showcases O’Hara taking to the stage at the curtain call on Saturday evening. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Watch Catherine O'Hara visit the cast of Beetlejuice on Broadway," 12 June 2019 But the end of her time on the show wasn't the curtain call to JoJo's career. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "JoJo Siwa's Net Worth Might Make Your Head Spin," 10 June 2019 McCowan, Howard, Danberry and point guard Jazzmun Holmes earned a curtain call from nearly 10,000 fans following the win. David Brandt, The Seattle Times, "McCowan leads Mississippi St over Clemson 85-61 in NCAAs," 24 Mar. 2019 The Boss’s film will be available starting early Sunday, just hours after his final curtain call at the Walter Kerr Theatre, while Ms. Swift’s hits Netflix New Year’s Eve. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift Tours Head for Netflix Encore," 15 Dec. 2018 Lorenzen took a curtain call after rounding the bases, while the Brewers could do nothing but cringe. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 12, Brewers 3: Tight affair turns into laugher in seventh inning," 30 June 2018 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

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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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