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concert

[noun, adjective kon-surt, -sert; verb kuh n-surt]
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noun
  1. a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate.
  2. a public performance, usually by an individual singer, instrumentalist, or the like; recital: The violinist has given concerts all over the world.
  3. agreement of two or more individuals in a design or plan; combined action; accord or harmony: His plan was greeted with a concert of abuse.
adjective
  1. designed or intended for concerts: concert hall.
  2. performed at concerts: concert music.
  3. performing or capable of performing at concerts: a concert pianist.
verb (used with object)
  1. to contrive or arrange by agreement: They were able to concert a settlement of their differences.
  2. to plan; devise: A program of action was concerted at the meeting.
verb (used without object)
  1. to plan or act together.
Idioms
  1. in concert, together; jointly: to act in concert.

Origin of concert

1595–1605; (noun) < French < Italian concerto; see concerto; (v.) < French concerter < Italian concertare to organize, arrange by mutual agreement, perhaps parasynthetically from con with + certo certain; Latin concertāre (see concertation) is remote in sense
Related formspost·con·cert, adjective
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Examples from the Web for concert

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  • After coffee we were ushered into the drawing-room, and listened to a concert.

  • It was simply a concert of howling monkeys that had so terrified me!

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • The only mitigating feature of the business was that the matter to be reported was only a concert.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • And it would not do to let them have a wrong impression about the concert.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He could imagine the talk there would be in Ballyards about his criticism of the concert.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for concert

concert

noun (ˈkɒnsɜːt, -sət)
    1. a performance of music by players or singers that does not involve theatrical stagingCompare recital (def. 1)
    2. (as modifier)a concert version of an opera
  1. agreement in design, plan, or action
  2. in concert
    1. acting in a co-ordinated fashion with a common purpose
    2. (of musicians, esp rock musicians) performing live
verb (kənˈsɜːt)
  1. to arrange or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement

Word Origin

C16: from French concerter to bring into agreement, from Italian concertare, from Late Latin concertāre to work together, from Latin: to dispute, debate, from certāre to contend
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Word Origin and History for concert

n.

1660s, "agreement, accord, harmony," from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto "concert, harmony," from concertare "bring into agreement," in Latin "to contend, contest, dispute," from com- "with" (see com-) + certare "to contend, strive," frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere "separate, decide" (see crisis).

Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from "to strive against" to "to strive alongside." Sense of "public musical performance" is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare "to sing together" (from con- + cantare "to sing") as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper