en·​core | \ ˈän-ˌkȯr \

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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Other Words from encore

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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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 Durant would love an encore of that matchup, as well a revival of his three-point shot (10-for-40 of late) ... Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Saturday’s Dodgers-Giants doubleheader a look into the future," 27 Apr. 2018 Lulu & Georgia: Take 20 percent off $400+, 25 percent off $800+, 30 percent off $1200+ percent off on 11/26 (shop these discounts at the 1-day encore sale on 11/27 with codes CYBER20, CYBER25, and CYBER30). Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 In May of this year, Illinois followed suit, setting the stage for a modern ERA encore. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 The live broadcast will begin at 4:25 a.m. ET on Friday, October 12, and an encore broadcast will air at 7:25 a.m. ET. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Here's How to Watch Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding," 4 Oct. 2018 The recent dedications of new centers in Charleston, South Carolina, and, now, Tallahassee, are her encore appearances. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Planned Parenthood to Open 14 New Health Centers Across the American South," 23 July 2018 Again, a lack of an encore has left scientists frustrated, but intrigued. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 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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The first known use of encore was in 1712

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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 \

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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