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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recitalist \ri-​ˈsī-​tᵊl-​ist \ noun

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Sennheiser’s example use cases outline a parent recording their child’s school recital or their first bike ride, as shown in this saccharine promo video below. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Sennheiser wants you to slap a giant wireless mic on your kids to record precious moments," 1 Aug. 2018 Carillon recital Eddy Marien, a carillonneur from Belgium, is the featured guest performer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Millennium Carillon, 443 Aurora Ave. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 6 July 2018 Pianist Vladimir Viardo will open the season with a recital of music by Schubert, Liszt and Debussy in September. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "KC Symphony’s Celebration at the Station starts off summer with a boom | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 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

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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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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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