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 What will Derrick Henry give the Titans for an encore? Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Fourteen teams are in the NFL playoffs this season. Here is a burning questions facing each team.," 6 Jan. 2021 That turned to near-whiplash when the encore came in the form of Darvish, runner-up for the most recent NL Cy Young Award. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Yu Darvish surprised by trade, excited about Padres staff," 31 Dec. 2020 Endless reruns ensued, and the cast members had a series of encore performances. New York Times, "Dawn Wells, Mary Ann on ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dies at 82," 30 Dec. 2020 For an encore, Jackson directed a 13-play drive that chewed up another eight-plus minutes before Justin Tucker kicked a short field goal for a 17-0 lead. David Ginsburg, ajc, "Torrid Ravens get jump on Giants, roll to easy 27-13 victory," 27 Dec. 2020 Now Johnson will try for an encore when the Spurs open the home portion of their schedule tonight against Toronto. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Keldon Johnson’s return gives San Antonio Spurs much-needed moxie," 25 Dec. 2020 Wealthy classical music patron and politician Yorisada Tokugawa heard about the concert and visited the camp several months later for an encore. Rachel Ng, Travel, "In Japan, Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ is a Christmas carol," 15 Dec. 2020 Years of waiting for an encore to that flight have worn away much of the enthusiasm that followed this Exploration Flight Test-1 mission. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Orion spacecraft is now 15 years old and has flown into space just once," 15 Dec. 2020 After a decent debut, the Beavers are eager to see what Nolan does in his encore. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "After uneven debut, Oregon State Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan eager ‘to play a lot better’ in encore," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Encore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encore. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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