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curtain call

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noun
  1. the appearance of the performers at the conclusion of a theatrical or other performance in response to the applause of the audience.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • While the applause, reaching curtain-call after curtain-call, surged all about him, young Lancaster was lost in rverie.

    Cape of Storms

    Percival Pollard


British Dictionary definitions for curtain call

curtain call

noun
  1. the appearance of performers at the end of a theatrical performance to acknowledge applause
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