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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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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But the organizers of this weekend’s A Ship in the Woods Music & Art Festival have high hopes that the inaugural edition of their two-day, all-ages event will make a big enough splash to merit an encore — and become an annual attraction. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Juneteenth celebration, A Ship in the Woods Music & Art Festival, Wonderspaces," 15 June 2018 Then Russia’s national team went out and provided an encore, riding two goals from Denis Cheryshev and single scores from Yury Gazinsky, Artem Dzuba and Roman Zobnin to a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia before a crowd of 78,011 at Luzhniki Stadium. Fidel Martinez, latimes.com, "Where to watch the World Cup in Los Angeles," 14 June 2018 The broad, breathtaking strokes are much the same, another masterpiece, an encore in the mud. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Elicits Comparisons to American Pharoah in First Step of Following Same Historic Path," 5 May 2018 That surprise combination hit the SFJazz Center on Friday, April 27, as an impromptu encore to conclude the second concert in the Kronos Quartet’s annual weekend-long festival. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kronos Festival is an eclectic treat," 28 Apr. 2018 Armstead, an employee at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, said the reaction is enough to inspire a possible encore in his hometown. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Flash mob surprises Chick-fil-A with a capella gospel song," 13 July 2018 There was an unexpected encore for one Elk Grove family's Fourth of July light show. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Fireworks — legal and illegal — spark dozens of July 4 fire incidents in Sacramento," 5 July 2018 After a successful screening in the foyer and a brief Q&A session, audiences requested an encore showing and the lights dimmed again. Brandon Yu, SFChronicle.com, "‘Snaggletooth’ fits right into Westerfeld House’s horror heritage in SF," 3 July 2018 Thoughts ahead of Sunday night’s Game 2 of the Finals: •There are so many fascinating story lines in play: LeBron James plotting an encore, George Hill and J.R. Smith seeking redemption, Klay Thompson looking to play through a high ankle sprain. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Game 2: Cavs have a Draymond problem," 3 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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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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