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

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 The late star is making an encore appearance on the big screen. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 Monday’s showers were an encore to very light rain that fell over the weekend, Sweet said, although no rainfall could be measured. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 17 Jan. 2022 All of the tracks have been newly remixed and remastered from the original tapes from the Zappa Vault, including the Lennon encore, with the Beatles singer’s estate providing the Zappa Trust with a safety reel of that performance. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 13 Jan. 2022 This year, the encore will feature a commission that pays tribute to the tradition, but also connects it to current times, Johnson said. chicagotribune.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Former American Idol star Clay Aiken's congressional campaign is getting an encore. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 10 Jan. 2022 While some of these former theaters are still awaiting the plans and the money to rejuvenate them, others are living out encore careers as churches, fitness centers, and even a distillery. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Queen of Hearts returned for a moving encore following her season 6 win on The Masked Singer last week. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 24 Dec. 2021 The latter insisted Flack perform an encore after her set. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 14 Dec. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Encore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encore. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for encore



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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