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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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?
Recent Examples on the Web Yesterday’s encore act, the Defense Department’s Laura Cooper, testified about July 25 emails suggesting Ukrainian officials knew about a hold on their security aid — so on the same day that Trump spoke with Ukraine’s Zelenskiy. NBC News, "Democrats are winning impeachment inquiry on substance but can they win on politics?," 21 Nov. 2019 The gritty villain origin-story has cannily maneuvered the circuit ever since launching on the lido at the Venice Film Festival, winning the prestigious Golden Lion and moving on to a loud encore in Toronto. David Canfield, EW.com, "Box office records will not propel Joker to a Best Picture nomination. Here's why," 14 Nov. 2019 There are indeed second acts in American lives, and third acts, and encores. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Gospel According to Kanye," 7 Nov. 2019 Performers included Kitty Cash and DJ Lady Bunny, with a special encore by The Roots. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Nordstrom's NYC Flagship Store Is a Fashion Lover's Dream," 24 Oct. 2019 There was his sophomore effort in 1995, which was his coming out party, and then the encore his senior year. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa takes aim at Tennessee’s past," 18 Oct. 2019 The piece recently wrapped up its Scripps Ranch run, and now moves to Oceanside’s Sunshine Brooks Theatre for a two-week encore. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Foxfire’ draws from Appalachian music and culture in revival at Oceanside Theatre Co.," 8 Oct. 2019 The third-year pro finished with 108 yards on 23 carries against Carolina, a solid encore after running for a career-high 225 yards at Denver last week. Mark Long, orlandosentinel.com, "Jaguars’ vaunted defense displaying vulnerabilities," 8 Oct. 2019 At the post-concert reception, Nezet-Seguin re-iterated his the-world-needs-more-love message that has been part of his standard introduction to audiences with the encore, Elgar’s Salut d’amour. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra plays Tel Aviv in its second of three shows in Israel," 4 June 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Encore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encore. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce encore (audio)

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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