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 The run time was an hour and a half, starting and ending with a deep and ominous recital from the pipe organ that sounded louder without all the bodies to absorb it. Sam Whiting,, "For Bay Area churchgoers, virtual Easter in coronavirus era is ‘bittersweet’," 12 Apr. 2020 Javier Camarena The Mexican tenor, accompanied by pianist Angel Rodriguez, makes his LA Opera recital debut with bel canto favorites by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini plus songs and arias from the Spanish-language repertoire. Los Angeles Times, "Classical music in L.A. this week: LA Phil’s 100th birthday concert and more," 19 Oct. 2019 The prominent American soprano appears in recital with pianist Hartmut Höll. San Francisco Chronicle, "SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of Jan. 28," 26 Jan. 2018 There, on Steinway pianos, all 30 artists will record live, unedited recitals lasting 20 minutes and featuring works by at least two contrasting composers. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "2020 Cleveland International Piano Competition postponed until next year; virtual contest to be staged this summer," 1 May 2020 Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC: Mass begins at 11:15 ET on the Cathedral's website; there will be an organ recital at 2 p.m. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "These Famous Churches Will Live-Stream Easter Sunday Mass Online This Weekend," 11 Apr. 2020 The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra just launched its platform, mixing at-home recitals from BSO musicians and archived video footage of BSO performances. Washington Post, "In a time of uncertainty, classical music provides a sense of permanence," 31 Mar. 2020 Jackie Borchadt of the USA Network reports that kids in her Columbus, Ohio neighborhood have been giving impromptu cello recitals on the porch of elderly neighbors who are stuck inside. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Crowdsourcing support during social isolation," 16 Mar. 2020 With that in mind, a wholesale treatment of the record is more chamber recital than jive pageant. oregonlive, "29 February concerts to love for Portland’s best live music," 28 Jan. 2020

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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 4 Jun. 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

Note: A recital is often preceded by whereas.

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