rehearsal

noun
re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Definition of rehearsal

1 : something recounted or told again : recital
2a : a private performance or practice session preparatory to a public appearance
b : a practice exercise : trial

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Examples of rehearsal in a Sentence

She was 15 minutes late to rehearsal. There are only three more rehearsals before the concert.
Recent Examples on the Web One of his daughters is getting married next month, and I was not invited to any of the showers or the rehearsal dinner. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Unsolicited advice meets resistance," 9 Sep. 2019 The night before, Cara and Ashley headed to Zoe's rehearsal dinner, once again looking gorgeous. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Looked Totally in Love at a Wedding in Paris This Weekend," 1 July 2019 One of his daughters is getting married next month and I was not invited to any of the showers or the rehearsal dinner. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Unsolicited advice meets resistance," 9 Sep. 2019 One of his daughters is getting married next month and I was not invited to any of the showers or the rehearsal dinner. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Unsolicited advice meets resistance," 9 Sep. 2019 One of his daughters is getting married next month and I was not invited to any of the showers or the rehearsal dinner. Ask Amy, al, "Ask Amy: Constant criticism, snarkiness too much for family to handle," 9 Sep. 2019 With more rehearsal time, could the entire concerto have been so solid? Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Three conductors made for three days of thrills with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood," 12 Aug. 2019 Herron and his wife, Brandy, had their rehearsal dinner aboard the boat 19 years ago — in a much smaller form. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Planes, trains and now a paddlewheel: New steamboat to launch in Tavares," 19 July 2019 Though no official photos from the wedding have been shared publicly just yet, Lenny Kravitz did post some moments from his daughter’s rehearsal dinner and a sneak peek of his father of the bride wedding look. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz And Karl Glusman Get Married In Paris," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of rehearsal was in the 14th century

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rehearsal

noun
How to pronounce rehearsal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rehearsal

: an event at which a person or group practices an activity (such as singing, dancing, or acting) in order to prepare for a public performance

rehearsal

noun
re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Kids Definition of rehearsal

: a private performance or practice session in preparation for a public appearance

rehearsal

noun
re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Medical Definition of rehearsal

1 : a method for improving memory by mentally or verbally repeating over and over the information to be remembered
2 : the repeated mental review of a desired action or behavioral response preoperative rehearsal of coping imagery to reduce anxiety

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