Definition of concert in English:



  • 1A musical performance given in public, typically by several performers or of several compositions.

    ‘a pop concert’
    [as modifier] ‘a concert pianist’
    • ‘Symphony concerts have fallen off the map of cultured people's consciousness.’
    • ‘I was a bin man at the time and I also used to go to concerts at Wallington Public Hall.’
    • ‘Last week I was talking about some of the big musical concerts coming up in the region.’
    • ‘Pop concerts present very different safety and public order issues to football.’
    • ‘People can go to concerts, music performances and drumming workshops or a silent art auction.’
    • ‘He will be teaming up with the English Symphony Orchestra for two concerts in July.’
    • ‘The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra gives two concerts in its farewell tour with Mariss Jansons.’
    • ‘He was a tireless campaigner and performer at benefit concerts over many decades.’
    • ‘As part of the troupe, she toured Europe and performed in several major concerts.’
    • ‘Boccherini and Manfredi next went to Spain, where they played in opera performances and concerts.’
    • ‘In this bleak midwinter, no art looks ahead to the New Year with less confidence than orchestral concerts.’
    • ‘They joined forces with the Kurume Shinai High School to perform several concerts.’
    • ‘He has packed the concerts with his soft pop mates and ignored musical stars from cultures different to his own.’
    • ‘If you are very lucky, you may even be able to get hold of some tickets for one of the concerts or other live performances staged here.’
    • ‘The groups are set to perform numerous concerts throughout the year either in the centre or Dalton church.’
    • ‘Public concerts were mostly on a small scale and often given in the main room of a tavern.’
    • ‘She is an experienced orchestral player and has given several concerts with the Lim chamber music trio.’
    • ‘I would love to return to Ireland one day to sing concerts of arias and Irish songs.’
    • ‘The band has performed at several concerts abroad and is at present recording its third album.’
    • ‘Of these, up to 300 groups will be invited to perform at concerts in Birmingham in July.’
    musical performance, musical entertainment, show, production, presentation
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    1. 1.1[as modifier]Relating to or denoting the performance of music written for opera, ballet, or theatre on its own without the accompanying dramatic action.
      ‘the concert version of the fourth interlude from the opera’
      • ‘An opera is a work of music written for dramatic performance and a concert presentation is a shadow of the real thing.’
      • ‘Sponsorships are big, including film festivals, concert tours and music showcases.’
      • ‘That's another great perk about being a roadie, you never lack good music, particularly on concert nights.’
      • ‘On the other hand, the business of assembling a score for a three act ballet from snippets of concert music has limited viability, for all the skill of some of the arrangers.’
      • ‘Located in a villa where Mozart wrote Don Giovanni, the museum features sheet music, original concert posters, and numerous pianos.’
      • ‘Members of the music and concert industry who have been involved in all the major tours around the world cast their votes to decide the winner.’
      • ‘There are also composers who write concert music that cries out to be used in films.’
      • ‘Stephen also works as a videographer, specialising in music documentaries and concert films.’
      • ‘He has also written concert music that's spacious and flows without a step being danced to it.’
      • ‘This is the cultural fantasy of concert music at its most potent and disconcerting.’
      • ‘Like Shostakovich, Schnittke relied on film music as a source of income at a time when concert music was liable to be banned.’
      • ‘During this ten-minute scene, no Marley concert music is used as you watch an assemblage of scenes.’
      • ‘Anyone with pre-booked tickets for the cancelled concert will be contacted by the Royal Marines School of Music concert secretary and a full refund made as soon as possible.’
      • ‘Ballet and concert dancers are at the low end of the pay scale.’
      • ‘Everyone is encouraged to purchase music and concert tickets for the artists you feel merit your hard earned dollars.’
      • ‘If you like music / concert photography check out Ami Barwell's site.’
      • ‘He had actually intended to make a separate piece of concert music from the two pieces.’
      • ‘The only thing that could stand in the way of this revolution is if the current music publishers start buying concert promoters, and lock down this new business model before it can even start.’
      • ‘All four of these composers are most famous for writing film music, although they wrote concert music as well.’
      • ‘I'd like to see this become a standard feature on all music and concert discs.’
  • 2formal [mass noun] Agreement or harmony.

    ‘critics' inability to describe with any precision and concert the characteristics of literature’
    • ‘For him Zionism was a matter of the organic growth of small, secular Jewish communities in harmonious concert with their Arab neighbours.’
    • ‘In concert with its European partners the British Government can use this meeting to shift its public stance on the question of ‘globalisation’.’
    • ‘In this new era of terror, stability is dependent upon this new concert acting in harmony.’
    • ‘Tristen's body and mind, forged like fine steel through countless decades of combats real and exercised, worked in harmonic concert.’
    1. 2.1Law Joint action, especially in the committing of a crime.
      ‘they found direct evidence of concert of action’
      • ‘Each person knew what was going on but there was no concert between them, no preconcert.’
      • ‘We submit that at the very highest it was concert to manslaughter.’
      • ‘She associated his father, the patriarch - he acting in close concert with his two accountants, neither of whom were called by the Crown.’
      • ‘To get multiple persons at the wrong end of the charge, one has to go to complicity, aiding and abetting, concert.’
      cooperation, collaboration, synergy, association, union, alliance, partnership, coalition, league
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  • Arrange (something) by mutual agreement or coordination.

    ‘they started meeting regularly to concert their parliamentary tactics’
    • ‘Both Salandra and Sonnino in 1915 and Mussolini in 1940 believed it possible to fight a ‘parallel war’ without concerting strategy with their allies.’
    • ‘The basic units for concerting opinion at the launch of the CoR were the national delegations which, like the ESC Groups, are resourced by the CoR to meet regularly to discuss the Committee's work programme.’
    • ‘In total, 653 exchanges now have a trigger level which, if converted into firm orders, will result in BT Wholesale concerting the exchange to DSL.’
    • ‘After that several of the city's western sections began to organize for an insurrection, their primary assemblies refusing the Convention's instructions to disband, and concerting defiant denunciations of its ballot-rigging.’
    • ‘Although at least the government was now in one place rather than scattered around the Loire, this also made it easier for Reynaud's opponents to concert their activities.’


  • in concert

    • 1Acting jointly.

      ‘we must take action in concert with our European partners’
      • ‘The real community leaders must be empowered to act in concert with the honest police officers to stamp out criminal operators.’
      • ‘Fontaine urged the minister to start the process over again, this time working in concert with the AFN and the chiefs.’
      • ‘And I think the real question here is how we proceed now in concert with the Europeans.’
      • ‘Then, even if this first criterion is satisfied, the United States is required to act in concert with the United Nations.’
      • ‘Well, this obviously was a decision that was made in concert with the White House.’
      • ‘It's a simple way of getting groups of individuals to act in concert with each other.’
      • ‘The United States can be more effective and most effective when it's working in concert with its allies.’
      • ‘Why does the left, in concert with the mainstream press, treat this as non-news?’
      • ‘But it also makes him sound partisan enough to have forged them in concert with other Democrats.’
      • ‘For Spain, in concert with America and France, shared the watch of North Africa.’
      together, jointly, in combination, in collaboration, in cooperation, in league, shoulder to shoulder, side by side, cooperatively, concertedly
      in unison
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    • 2(of music or a performer) giving a public performance; live.

      ‘they saw Pink Floyd in concert’
      • ‘All of them could be ripped up and roared out live in concert.’
      • ‘Now my wife and I can honestly say we've seen The Beatles live in concert.’
      • ‘They will perform in concert in the Downhill Hotel on Thursday night, 26th July.’
      • ‘Because it is seldom heard in concert, it has gained less popularity among the public.’
      • ‘And I gave up, without another thought, my only chance to see her live in concert.’
      • ‘My most memorable time by far was performing in concert by candlelight in the gallery when the lights went out.’
      • ‘Wiltshire's library users are now able to pick up DVDs of top chart performers in concert.’
      • ‘All three are performing in concert, ruling out any preposterous demands from artistic directors.’
      • ‘Everyone who knows me well knows that I am crazy about them and that my lifetime goal was to see them live in concert.’
      • ‘Then last year I bought a music DVD of the man himself in concert.’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘unite’): from French concerter, from Italian concertare harmonize. The noun use, dating from the early 17th century (in the sense ‘a combination of voices or sounds’), is from French concert, from Italian concerto, from concertare.