[ahng-kawr, -kohr, ahn-]


again; once more (used by an audience in calling for an additional number or piece).


a demand, as by applause, for a repetition of a song, act, etc., or for a performance of a number or piece additional to those on a program, or for a reappearance by the performers, as at the end of a concert, recital, etc.
the performance or reappearance in response to such a demand: He chose a Chopin nocturne for his encore.
any repeated or additional performance or appearance, as a rerun of a telecast or a rematch in sports.

verb (used with object), en·cored, en·cor·ing.

to call for a repetition of.
to call for an encore from (a performer).

Origin of encore

1705–15; < French: still, yet, besides < Latin hinc hā hōrā or hinc ad hōram until this hour
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Examples from the Web for encoring

Historical Examples of encoring

  • For an hour Mrs. Bindle's guests sang, encoring themselves with enthusiasm.

    Mrs. Bindle

    Hebert Jenkins

  • Patti; and in the duets they electrified the audience, who, not content with encoring each, insisted upon some half-dozen recalls.

  • We applaud lustily; we begin the encoring business here, which, having once started, we do not intend to give up again.

British Dictionary definitions for encoring



again; once more: used by an audience to demand an extra or repeated performance


an extra or repeated performance given in response to enthusiastic demand


(tr) to demand an extra or repeated performance of (a work, piece of music, etc) by (a performer)

Word Origin for encore

C18: from French: still, again, perhaps from Latin in hanc hōram until this hour
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Word Origin and History for encoring



1712, from French encore "still, yet, again" (12c.), generally explained as being from Vulgar Latin phrase *hinc ad horam "from then to this hour" (Italian ancora "again, still, yet" is said to be a French loan-word).

Whenever any Gentlemen are particularly pleased with a Song, at their crying out Encore ... the Performer is so obliging as to sing it over again. [Steele, "Spectator" No. 314, 1712]

There appears to be no evidence that either the Fr. or It. word was ever similarly used in its native country. The corresponding word both in Fr. and It. is bis; in It. da capo was formerly used. [OED]

As a noun, from 1763; as a verb, from 1748.

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