Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A demand by an audience for an additional performance, usually expressed by applause.
  • noun An additional performance in response to an audience's demand.
  • transitive verb To demand an encore of.
  • interjection Used to demand an additional performance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Again; once more: used in calling for a repetition of a particular part in a theatrical or musical performance.
  • noun A call by an audience for a repetition of some part of a performance.
  • noun A repeated performance; a repetition in or as if in response to a recall: as, the conductor refused to give any encores.
  • To call for a repetition of (a particular part of an entertainment).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A call or demand (as, by continued applause) for a repetition.
  • adverb Once more; again; -- used by the auditors and spectators of plays, concerts, and other entertainments, to call for a repetition of a particular part.
  • transitive verb To call for a repetition or reappearance of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A brief extra performance, done after the main performance is complete.
  • interjection said by audience members after a performance Please perform again!
  • verb To call for an extra performance or repetition.
  • verb To call for an encore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
  • verb request an encore, from a performer

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, still, yet, again, probably from Vulgar Latin *hinc ad hōram, from that to this hour : Latin hinc, from here (from hic, this) + Latin ad, to; see ad– + Latin hōram, accusative of hōra, hour; see hour.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French encore ("more, again").

Examples

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  • Similarly, when you're listening to music played across a century from the ghost of a drowning ship, to allow your musicians to return for an encore is ... not quite right.

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  • Actually, what we're doing for an encore is having the whole fambly come down for a day or two.

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  • It was about 1710 that the word encore was introduced at the operatic performances in the Haymarket, and very much objected to by plain - going Englishmen.

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  • It’s not often that the encore is truly a showstopper above and beyond the preceding program’s actual content, but it was here.

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  • It’s not often that the encore is truly a showstopper above and beyond the preceding program’s actual content, but it was here.

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  • "Now can I get an encore, do you want more

    Cookin' raw with the Brooklyn boy

    So for one last time I need y'all to roar"

    January 10, 2007

  • Quelqu'un ma dit que tu mamais encore...

    -Carla Bruni

    July 26, 2009