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[af-ter-pees, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-/
a short dramatic piece performed after a featured play.
Origin of afterpiece
First recorded in 1770-80; after + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She did not act in the afterpiece, and Godolphin escorted her home to the inn.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The afterpiece was adapted from the Sultan of Marmontel, which we have also on our English stage.

    Peregrine in France William Bromet
  • The performances were "The Wheel of Fortune," and an afterpiece.

  • The operetta has only three acts, and is followed by no farce or afterpiece.

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
  • She hoped the afterpiece would be of the same general character, that they might all enjoy it as much as they had the play itself.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • As for my young hostess, I knew she looked more gratified with my song than with the afterpiece, and that I felt to be something.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • Thus all things being arranged, the audience takes its seat again, and the afterpiece begins.

  • Dismissed from the Stranger, however, the stage-book probably reappears in the afterpiece.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • There was an afterpiece to the play; what had very nearly been a tragedy developing into something resembling a farce.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • The afterpiece was omitted, and Macready escaping through a private door, hastened to his hotel.

British Dictionary definitions for afterpiece


a brief usually comic dramatic piece presented after a play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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