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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recitalist \ ri-​ˈsī-​tᵊl-​ist How to pronounce recitalist (audio) \ noun

Examples of recital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also on the schedule: a recital by baritone Benjamin Appl (Jan. 31), the Hart Institute for Women Conductors Showcase Concert (Feb. 19) and the TDO National Vocal Competition (May 1). Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Dallas Opera, Cliburn delay season starts into 2021," 5 June 2020 Beyond that, five other events have been booked through the end of the month, including a concert by the Agarita Chamber Players, fitness events and a recital by the Earl Cobb Dance Studio. Deborah Martin,, "Gov. Abbott’s go-ahead to reopen theaters doesn’t mean San Antonio performing arts groups are ready," 5 June 2020 His recordings have swollen from a collection of four Beethoven sonatas to the entire cycle; his performances, from a traditional recital to, as of Sunday, a livestream lasting over 15 hours. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "‘I Just Let Myself Go’: Igor Levit on Surviving a Satie Marathon," 31 May 2020 He was supposed to join Brandy and his youngest son, Ryan, at his school for a band recital. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Roy Halladay’s drug addiction exposed in his cry for help in ESPN's 'Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story'," 28 May 2020 Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times Carnegie Hall was packed, including extra seats on the stage, for a recital by the pianist Yuja Wang. New York Times, "Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?," 20 May 2020 The dancers are in the midst of learning their routines for a recital scheduled for June 20. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This woman is fighting to get small businesses -- including her own -- through the coronavirus pandemic," 17 Mar. 2020 Brown, the Portland jazz patriarch, is joined each Friday by bassist Tim Gilson and pianist Jof Lee for a three-hour recital of standards and elegant songbook selections. oregonlive, "29 February concerts to love for Portland’s best live music," 28 Jan. 2020 Join with others for a recital by students of the mother and daughter team of Jody and Caryl Guinn., "Cleveland Heights’ Ensemble Theatre to celebrate 40 years; top area hospitals listed; more: Press Run," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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

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