re·​cit·​al | \ ri-ˈsī-tᵊl How to pronounce recital (audio) \

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 How to pronounce recital (audio) \ noun

Examples of recital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Thanksgiving Day, Gebru skipped some festivities with her family to hear Bengio’s recital. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 The little girl in the apartment above him (a delightfully deadpan Olivia Edward) takes him up to her rooftop tent-fort and, later, brings him to tears with an impromptu piano recital., 28 Apr. 2021 Pianist Mark Robson plays pieces by Poulenc and Scarlatti in a live Zoom recital. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Creative Steps Dance Studio’s recital also will be live streamed., 5 May 2021 That pair recently returned to Weyerhaeuser Auditorium in St. Paul's Landmark Center, where the album was recorded, to film a 15-song recital that will be streamed Saturday evening at Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 Buchfellner also recently performed in the University of Findlay’s spring senior instrumental recital. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 8 May 2021 Hansen’s recorded recital will stream Sunday at the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Finals., 30 Apr. 2021 At a 1921 recital on the massive organ in Philadelphia’s Wanamaker department store (now Macy’s) he was given four Gregorian chant melodies for a four-movement improvisation evoking the life of Jesus. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of recital

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of recital was in 1536

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11 Jun 2021

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“Recital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce recital (audio) \

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 How to pronounce recital (audio) \

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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