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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The Steinway Society hosts the brilliant young South Korean pianist in a recital of music by Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Joshua Kosman’s classical music picks, May 27," 24 May 2018 One evening there may be a recital by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra of pieces by Vivaldi; the next, a Ladysmith Black Mambazo show. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Plaintiffs Daryl Cobranchi and Eric Engle of Parkersburg attended some meetings, remained seated and did not participate in the prayer's recital. Fox News, "Group seeks to halt prayers at West Virginia council meeting," 31 July 2018 Radzynski will give a recital April 15 at the 1900 Building. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Magnificent Mozart that ‘lifts you to God’ from William Baker Festival Singers | The Kansas City Star," 7 Apr. 2018 Although the exact rituals around its recital vary from denomination to denomination, reciting the Kaddish is one of the most important elements of communal mourning in all mainstream Jewish traditions. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette honors the Tree of Life fallen with a traditional Jewish prayer," 2 Nov. 2018 There were also poetry recitals included as part of the cabaret setting. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Hosts An Evening Of The Arts," 19 June 2018 For kids, there’s something performative about FaceTime—a pressure to entertain, not unlike a parent summoning you to the living room for a clarinet recital. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Kids Are Lousy at Video Chat, But They Love to Hang Up on Me," 20 July 2018 Pianist Richard Goode returns for a recital April 12 at the Folly Theater. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Friends of Chamber Music announce a ‘Transcendant’ 2018-19 season," 2 June 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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