- a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate.
- a public performance, usually by an individual singer, instrumentalist, or the like; recital: The violinist has given concerts all over the world.
- 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.
- designed or intended for concerts: concert hall.
- performed at concerts: concert music.
- performing or capable of performing at concerts: a concert pianist.
- to contrive or arrange by agreement: They were able to concert a settlement of their differences.
- to plan; devise: A program of action was concerted at the meeting.
- to plan or act together.
- in concert, together; jointly: to act in concert.
Origin of concert
Examples from the Web for concert
But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
But Winter is dead, Clapton is tired of life on the road, and King unreliable in concert.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
She died in 1978—just before Pryor recorded Live in Concert.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
Later, she said he invited her to see The Temptations in concert and check out his Vegas stand-up show.Two New Bill Cosby Accusers Come Forward: ‘We Challenge Mr. Cosby to End This Nightmare’
December 3, 2014
TMZ reported that the five concert venues had cancelled Cosby performances for early 2015.How the World Turned on Bill Cosby: A Day-by-Day Account
December 1, 2014
After coffee we were ushered into the drawing-room, and listened to a concert.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
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.
And it would not do to let them have a wrong impression about the concert.
He could imagine the talk there would be in Ballyards about his criticism of the concert.
- a performance of music by players or singers that does not involve theatrical stagingCompare recital (def. 1)
- (as modifier)a concert version of an opera
- agreement in design, plan, or action
- in concert
- acting in a co-ordinated fashion with a common purpose
- (of musicians, esp rock musicians) performing live
- to arrange or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
Word Origin and History for concert
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.