re·cit·al | \ri-ˈsī-tᵊl \

Definition of recital 

1a : a detailed account : enumeration a recital of names and dates

b : the act or process or an instance of reciting

c : discourse, narration a colorful recital of a night on the town

2a : a concert given by an individual musician or dancer or by a dance troupe

b : a public exhibition of skill given by music or dance pupils

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Other Words from recital

recitalist \ri-ˈsī-tᵊl-ist \ noun

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Martin Helmchen returned to Orchestra Hall on Sunday afternoon for a solo piano recital marked by many of the same qualities noted at his local debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra two years ago. Alan Artner,, "German pianist Martin Helmchen closes Piano Series with Orchestra Hall recital," 11 June 2018 Ensembles work weekly with faculty coaches to prepare for this recital. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 17 Apr. 2018 The recital includes dozens of group and solo performances in several dance disciplines, including tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical, ballroom and musical theater. Linda Mcintosh,, "Women's club serves up beer, wine at Fair events," 21 June 2018 The recital is organized by Evan Chang, a sophomore at Avon High School. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 19 June 2018 But if my loving parents observed my lack of grace onstage, that meant my teacher, my classmates, and the entire audience at our ballet recital definitely noticed, and that stung a bit. Emily Perper, Longreads, "On Pointe: Reading on Ballet," 23 May 2018 The recital that the gifted young soprano Julia Bullock presented in Berkeley’s Hertz Hall on Sunday afternoon, March 25, came packed with a strong implicit claim. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Soprano Julia Bullock cloaks her boldness in vocal velvet," 26 Mar. 2018 For updates on this upcoming opera recital for LLS or to learn more about the Man & Woman of the Year campaign please visit Nickole Kerner Bobley, Houston Chronicle, "ART FEEL: Opera comes to The Woodlands to help fight blood cancers," 2 Mar. 2018 Clara enjoyed spending time with family, summers at the beach in Clinton, trips to NYC to see broadway shows and window shop through the jewelry district, watching her grandchildren's sporting events and attending their recitals and performances., "Clara Cellino," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of recital

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of recital

: a dance or musical performance

: the act of reading something out loud or saying something from memory usually for an audience

: a long description or list that includes many things


re·cit·al | \ri-ˈsī-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of recital

1 : a public performance of music or dance given by one or more people a piano recital

2 : an act of describing something usually in great detail


re·ci·tal | \ri-ˈsīt-ᵊl \

Legal Definition of recital 

: a formal statement or setting forth of some relevant matter of fact in a deed or other document

Note: A recital is often preceded by whereas.

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