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

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 Entertainer Sandy Duncan danced in her first recital at age five in a tiny Texas oil town. CBS News, 22 July 2022 At the start of her recital, though, one man, addressing her as Anna, began shouting loudly about the war in Ukraine from a balcony. New York Times, 22 June 2022 Practicing for their upcoming spring recital, these boys and girls could be part of any dance program. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Schlachte agreed to be a part of the documentary, and Watt and his crew filmed for the next 10 months, following students in class, at home and at their recital. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2022 The original concert would have included a recital by French pianist Lucas Debargue and was to be held in the grand hall of the Kharkiv Philharmonic on Saturday. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 The first will be a showcase of students at the Cleveland Institute of Music; the second, a recital by Nicole Keller, organ lecturer at Baldwin Wallace University. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 3 Feb. 2022 The program will include a recital by The Bridgeport Boys Choir and dance students from Regional Center for the Arts. Susan Dunne,, 14 Jan. 2022 Khloé Kardashian showed her support for daughter True Thompson, 4, and niece Dream Kardashian, 5, at their debut dance recital on Sunday. Skyler Caruso,, 20 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recital

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Recital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for recital


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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