Definition of curtain call in US English:

curtain call


  • The appearance of one or more performers on stage after a performance to acknowledge the audience's applause.

    • ‘During a curtain call after a performance at New York's Joyce SoHo Theater, there is a standing ovation.’
    • ‘Even the curtain call takes a particularly gruesome form.’
    • ‘This one can be a little harsh, but I know we all felt better about the world around us when the Fenway crowd gave the pitcher a curtain call in his last appearance there.’
    • ‘Certainly at the curtain call they both wore a mixed expression of disbelief at their reception and genuine delight at the effect they had created in the theatre.’
    • ‘The show is perhaps a little obvious and it veers towards the sentimental, but it is also charming and wistful and is performed with flair and energy right down to the final curtain call.’
    • ‘Both authors vividly describe James' subsequent embarrassment at being jeered off the stage during the curtain call for the play.’
    • ‘It was an enthusiastic audience that greeted the curtain call.’
    • ‘As I had prepared for the curtain call, side stage, the dancers busily congratulating me and smiles coming from all corners of the theatre, thumbs up you name it everything!’
    • ‘A few minutes later Grace rejoined the cast on stage for the curtain call, stepping forwards with Faust to curtsy once, twice, three times to a deafening applause.’
    • ‘As each of us was introduced and presented with a bouquet for our support of Russian ballet over the years, we in turn shyly stood up and took a bashful curtain call before the Bolshoi audience.’
    • ‘It was most obvious during the curtain call when the cast looked everywhere but at the audience.’
    • ‘Here is soul-sustaining entertainment for anyone who can perceive that, even in a retirement home, all the stage is a world, one we all act on and must eventually bow out of without a curtain call.’
    • ‘At the curtain call it was almost a revelation, there they all were, four of them.’
    • ‘It will be a vicious irony if a far-right Home Secretary is allowed to take the curtain call for the onstage achievements of predecessors who loathe his approach.’
    • ‘No doubt with a fat, embarrassed director reluctantly getting onstage for the curtain call.’
    • ‘You can feel how much he is loved at the curtain call especially.’
    • ‘Scene 3: The actors receive a standing ovation at the curtain call.’
    • ‘She was at center stage making her curtain call…’
    • ‘Seconds later he emerged from the dugout for a curtain call to acknowledge the loud cheering and doffed his cap.’
    • ‘After the curtain call, the back stage halls are filled with chatter and laughter.’
    clapping, handclapping, cheering, whistling, ovation, standing ovation, acclamation, cheers, whistles, bravos
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curtain call

/ˈkərtn ˌkôl//ˈkərtn ˌkɔl/