re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl \

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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Synonyms for rehearsal


dry run, practice (also practise), 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.

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The rehearsal dinner was almost as elaborate as the actual wedding. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Surprise Wedding," 2 Nov. 2018 In an Instagram post shared early Sunday morning, Janel gave followers a sneak peek of the rehearsal dinner. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Janel Parrish Marries Chris Long," 9 Sep. 2018 They are given adjoining rooms at the local chichi hotel and are seated together at the rehearsal dinner. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Destination Wedding’ Review: A Trip to Loathing," 30 Aug. 2018 The three Army buddies spent the evening of the 1992 slaying at a wedding rehearsal dinner for Jones and his fiancee, who planned to marry the next day., "Ex-soldiers won’t be retried in 1992 Ga. killing," 13 July 2018 The three Army buddies spent the evening of the 1992 slaying at a wedding rehearsal dinner for Jones and his fiancee, who planned to marry the next day. Washington Post, "‘Completely free’: No retrial of ex-soldiers in 1992 killing," 12 July 2018 That night, a Friday, was a rehearsal dinner for his granddaughter’s wedding. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bobby and Nancy Leonard's love story helped save the Indiana Pacers," 27 June 2018 First, Luann learns through the grapevine that Ramona desperately tried to gain an invite to Tom’s New Year’s Eve party, which was held on the same boat where the de Lesseps-D’Agostinos hosted their rehearsal dinner one year prior., "Luann Told The Entire Side Of Her Arrest Story On RHONY," 21 June 2018 Burkhardt is hosting what’s akin to a wedding rehearsal dinner for Chubb’s family and friends. Jenny Vrentas,, "24 Hours ... With Bradley Chubb and His Team at the NFL Draft," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl \

Kids Definition of rehearsal

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


re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl \

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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a complex dispute or argument

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