verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of concert
noun (ˈkɒnsɜːt, -sət)
- a performance of music by players or singers that does not involve theatrical stagingCompare recital (def. 1)
- (as modifier)a concert version of an opera
- acting in a co-ordinated fashion with a common purpose
- (of musicians, esp rock musicians) performing live
Word Origin for concert
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.
Together, jointly, as in They worked in concert on the script, or When mind is in concert with body, one can accomplish a great deal. This expression uses concert in the sense of “an agreement of two or more persons.” [Early 1700s]