Definition of encore in US English:



  • A repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert, as called for by an audience.

    • ‘One starstruck lad stood in front of the stage, waiting patiently for a second encore.’
    • ‘They did two encores, the second of which began simply with Johnson performing solo acoustic.’
    • ‘The riot lasted forty-five minutes and an encore performance was put on the following night.’
    • ‘After a standing ovation and two encores, we were left wanting more.’
    • ‘After receiving their prizes, the winners performed an encore.’
    • ‘The two-hour set was a mix of new songs and older hits with two encores.’
    • ‘After the first encore, the crowd made it obviously clear they wanted more.’
    • ‘After the final encore, the curtains shut and people began to leave.’
    • ‘And then it's time for the encores and final farewells.’
    • ‘They order a jug of sangria, watching the Argentinian who, aware of his audience's renewed interest, is now performing an encore.’
    • ‘After a few minutes of shouts for more, they reappear for the inevitable encore.’
    • ‘At 62 she rarely betrayed her age and, if my memory serves me correctly, she performed a number of encores to thank the very enthusiastic audience.’
    • ‘The audience loved it nonetheless, applauding and demanding an encore.’
    • ‘They are playing their second encore after some serious chanting and foot stomping.’
    • ‘The crowd of course couldn't let it go at that and we demanded an encore.’
    • ‘In short, a band that is gracious enough to perform two encores is worthy of forgiveness.’
    • ‘An encore of a Galician folk song was a welcome chance to appreciate the group's many talents once again.’
    • ‘We are also pleased that an encore performance was requested by the public.’
    • ‘We all start stamping our feet and calling for the obligatory encore.’
    • ‘Then they produced a second-half encore which delighted their manager even more.’
    repeat performance, extra performance, additional performance, replay, repeat, repetition
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  • Called out by an audience at the end of a concert to request an additional performance.


[with object]
  • Give or call for a repeated or additional performance of (an item) at the end of a concert.

    • ‘Spice was encored three times.’
    • ‘At the Richter premiere the third movement was encored, and Elgar wrote beside it in his programme ‘lovely’.’
    • ‘‘Va, pensiero,’ the opera's most famous excerpt, was even encored on opening night.’


Early 18th century: French, literally ‘still, again’.