- the appearance of the performers at the conclusion of a theatrical or other performance in response to the applause of the audience.
- each individual appearance of a performer at the end of a performance in response to prolonged applause.
Origin of curtain call
First recorded in 1880–85
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While the applause, reaching curtain-call after curtain-call, surged all about him, young Lancaster was lost in rverie.Cape of Storms
- the appearance of performers at the end of a theatrical performance to acknowledge applause
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