from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A short comic piece performed after a play.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A short dramatic entertainment performed after the principal play.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A piece performed after a play, usually a farce or other small entertainment.
- noun (Naut.) The heel of a rudder.
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- noun A
pieceperformed after a play, usually a farceor other small entertainment.
- noun nautical The
heelof a rudder.
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- noun a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play
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First used to supplement or preface a short three-act play so as to eke out a full evening's entertainment, the little play was known as either an "afterpiece" or a
This was the strategic afterpiece of a country that had, in the 210 years from its founding in 1783 to the fall of the Berlin Wall, plotted and achieved a vertical and vertiginous rise from obscurity to global preeminence without the least precedent or parallel in the history of the world.
That this is so lends particular irony to the observations and predictions made by the reviewer for the Mirror of the Stage; or, New Dramatic Censor, who wrote in August 1823 that this drama would perhaps have done very well as an afterpiece; but there is not sufficient interest for
The next night he came in late, and stayed very quietly for the afterpiece, and on the third and last night of his stay in London — why, Taglioni was going to dance at the Opera, — Taglioni! and there was to be Don Giovanni, which he admired of all things in the world: so
Thus it befel that Charles Jenkin, coming too late for the epic of the French wars, played a small part in the dreary and disgraceful afterpiece of St. Helena.
It was migration of peoples, the last advance of Asiatic races towards Europe, followed only by the fruitless attempts of those under Attila, Zenghis Khan, and Timur, and as a comic afterpiece, by the gipsies, — it was this movement which swept away the humanity of the ancients.
“An afterpiece instead of a comedy,” said Mr. Bertram.
The afterpiece, "The Lime Kiln Club," was quite a pretentious affair for
Would you learn what men gain by admitting a member of the fair sex into their conspiracies? read the tragedy of "Venice Preserved"; and, by way of afterpiece, this little chapter.
There is only one comedy, or at most two, among the Sagas -- the story of the Confederates (_Bandamanna Saga_) with an afterpiece, the short story of Alecap (_Olkofra Þáttr_).