en·​core ˈän-ˌkȯr How to pronounce encore (audio)
: a demand for repetition or reappearance made by an audience
: a reappearance or additional performance demanded by an audience
: a second achievement especially that surpasses the first
encore verb

Example Sentences

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 four episodes will debut on PBS SoCal on Thursday, June 15th starting at 8 p.m., followed by encores on KCET and public television stations across the country and the WORLD Channel (check local listings). William Earl, Variety, 27 May 2023 Falk, then a math teacher at St. Mary’s Visitation School in Elm Grove, collected $5,000 for that encore appearance, according to fan site J-Archive. Chris Foran, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2023 The songwriter — one of America’s greatest living ones, at that — delivered his encore in Knoxville and Nashville dressed in drag to protest the state’s anti-drag legislation. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2023 Watson, the artificial intelligence created by IBM more than a decade ago, is ready for its encore as interest in artificial intelligence continues to grow. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 May 2023 The Beavers, who earned a 2-1 walk-off win in Friday’s opener and cruised to a 10-4 victory in Saturday’s encore, are looking for a series sweep in an exceptional month that has turned around their season. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 30 Apr. 2023 The encore to that season has started slowly but not because of any sort of slump. Paul Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 14 Apr. 2023 The ceremony starts around 11 a.m. local time on Monday, with a primetime encore at 8:45 p.m. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 His solo Bach encore felt singularly generous, and held the hall spellbound. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History


French, still, again

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of encore was in 1712

Dictionary Entries Near encore

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“Encore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encore. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


en·​core ˈän-ˌkō(ə)r How to pronounce encore (audio)
: a demand made by an audience for a repeat or an additional performance
also : a further performance in response to such a demand
encore verb

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