Nearby words

  1. conceptus,
  2. concern,
  3. concerned,
  4. concerning,
  5. concernment,
  6. concert grand,
  7. concert overture,
  8. concert party,
  9. concert pitch,
  10. concert tuning

Idioms

    in concert, together; jointly: to act in concert.

Origin of concert

1595–1605; (noun) < French < Italian concerto; see concerto; (v.) < French concerter < Italian concertare to organize, arrange by mutual agreement, perhaps parasynthetically from con with + certo certain; Latin concertāre (see concertation) is remote in sense

Related formspost·con·cert, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for concert

concert

noun (ˈkɒnsɜːt, -sət)

  1. a performance of music by players or singers that does not involve theatrical stagingCompare recital (def. 1)
  2. (as modifier)a concert version of an opera
agreement in design, plan, or action
in concert
  1. acting in a co-ordinated fashion with a common purpose
  2. (of musicians, esp rock musicians) performing live

verb (kənˈsɜːt)

to arrange or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement

Word Origin for concert

C16: from French concerter to bring into agreement, from Italian concertare, from Late Latin concertāre to work together, from Latin: to dispute, debate, from certāre to contend

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Word Origin and History for concert

concert

n.

1660s, "agreement, accord, harmony," from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto "concert, harmony," from concertare "bring into agreement," in Latin "to contend, contest, dispute," from com- "with" (see com-) + certare "to contend, strive," frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere "separate, decide" (see crisis).

Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from "to strive against" to "to strive alongside." Sense of "public musical performance" is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare "to sing together" (from con- + cantare "to sing") as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.

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