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

First recorded in 1770–80; after + piece
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Historical Examples

  • She did not act in the afterpiece, and Godolphin escorted her home to the inn.

    Godolphin, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The afterpiece was adapted from the Sultan of Marmontel, which we have also on our English stage.

    Peregrine in France

    William Bromet

  • The performances were "The Wheel of Fortune," and an afterpiece.

  • The operetta has only three acts, and is followed by no farce or afterpiece.

    Doctor Cupid

    Rhoda Broughton

  • She hoped the afterpiece would be of the same general character, that they might all enjoy it as much as they had the play itself.


    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for afterpiece


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