[ af-ter-pees, ahf- ]
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  1. a short dramatic piece performed after a featured play.

Origin of afterpiece

First recorded in 1770–80; after + piece

Words Nearby afterpiece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use afterpiece in a sentence

  • On this fateful date, the feature had been completed and the afterpiece was being enacted.

  • There was an afterpiece to the play; what had very nearly been a tragedy developing into something resembling a farce.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • The tragedy of the gallows was followed by a short afterpiece.

    The Book of the Bush | George Dunderdale
  • They waited for the afterpiece, enjoyed a pasty and a bottle of Beaune, and went away laughing cozily together.

    One-Act Plays | Various
  • He strolled into the Adelphi, and felt savage at the pathos of the play, and the fun of the afterpiece.

    Ralph Wilton's weird | Mrs. Alexander

British Dictionary definitions for afterpiece


/ (ˈɑːftəˌpiːs) /

  1. a brief usually comic dramatic piece presented after a play

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