- a session of exercise, drill, or practice, usually private, in preparation for a public performance, ceremony, etc.: a play rehearsal; a wedding rehearsal.
- the act of rehearsing.
- a repeating or relating: a rehearsal of grievances.
Origin of rehearsal
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Examples from the Web for rehearsal
Prince may have pranced around like a carefree libertine onstage, but in rehearsal he was more drill sergeant than sprite.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
One, from a short preview of her rehearsal performance, is that Williams certainly boasts the vocal chops to do the part justice.
And he speaks about the perks of the two months of rehearsal with the full cast.
And U.S. Air Force officers are very concerned at what could be a rehearsal of a deadly mission.Are Russian Bombers Flying Nuclear Drills Near Europe—Or Just Testing NATO’s Defenses?
October 30, 2014
The first Tonys was notable because Bret Michaels was nearly decapitated through a gross lack of rehearsal on his part.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)
Neil Patrick Harris
October 15, 2014
They had a rehearsal last night, but of course I was not there.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
On the previous day there was the first rehearsal of Handel's Admeto.Handel
Edward J. Dent
A rehearsal, of course, must be very different from a performance.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It was as though the other night had been a rehearsal, and as if now she knew what was coming.Tiverton Tales
When this rehearsal was over Perrin came to me; he had an affectionate and constrained air.My Double Life
- a session of practising a play, concert, speech etc, in preparation for public performance, the act of reciting
- the act of going through or recounting; recitalrehearsal of his own virtues was his usual occupation
- in rehearsal being prepared for public performance
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Word Origin and History for rehearsal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The process of repeating information, such as a name or a list of words, in order to remember it.
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