en·​core | \ ˈän-ˌkȯr How to pronounce encore (audio) \

Definition of encore

1 : a demand for repetition or reappearance made by an audience
2a : a reappearance or additional performance demanded by an audience
b : a second achievement especially that surpasses the first

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encore verb

Examples of encore in a Sentence

He sang a folk song as an encore. Her first novel was a best seller—but what is she going to do for an encore?

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There was more personality in the short encore, a nimble and heartfelt rendition of Paganini’s Caprice No. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco Symphony does right by little-known Prokofiev," 4 May 2018 The dog, dressed in a top hat, barked for an encore. Alexander Cohn, WSJ, "During Westminster Dog Show, Hotel Pennsylvania Goes to the Dogs," 11 Feb. 2019 And in many ways, the matchup was simply an encore of the dominance the Norse have displayed in conference play this season. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "NKU beats IUPUI, wins Horizon League regular season title," 25 Feb. 2018 The Taming of the Tension The veteran drag artist shares songs and stories in an encore of her recent solo show. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "The week ahead in L.A. theater, April 22-29: 'Dirty Blonde,' 'Belleville' and more," 22 Apr. 2018 The Wolverines did not have an encore of the Texas A&M thrashing during the first 20 minutes Saturday, as Florida State's length bothered the Wolverines all over the floor as Michigan went just 7 of 21 from the field. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan holds off Florida State, 58-54, advances to eighth Final Four," 24 Mar. 2018 The event will highlight speakers from PechaKucha's previous volumes and will include an encore of popular past presentations. Brittany Nader, cleveland.com, "PechaKucha Akron announces speaker lineup for Feb. 9 storytelling event," 25 Jan. 2018 Their broadcast, called Royal Wedding Live: Princess Eugenie, will begin at 4:25 a.m. EST on Friday, October 12, and the cable network will air an encore of the broadcast starting at 7:25 a.m. ET. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "TLC Will Broadcast Princess Eugenie’s Wedding in the United States," 4 Oct. 2018 Their dual revival over the last two seasons and fine play in Week 1 at Wimbledon had spurred perfectly reasonable thoughts of an encore in the men’s final on Sunday. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "On a Wild Day at Wimbledon, Federer Exits and Nadal Hangs On," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of encore

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for encore

French, still, again

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English Language Learners Definition of encore

: an extra piece of music performed in response to a request from the audience
: something that follows a success


en·​core | \ ˈän-ˌkȯr How to pronounce encore (audio) \

Kids Definition of encore

1 : a demand by an audience for a performance to continue or be repeated
2 : a further appearance or performance given in response to applause

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