performance

[ per-fawr-muh ns ]
/ pərˈfɔr məns /

noun


Nearby words

  1. perforation,
  2. perforation gauge,
  3. perforce,
  4. perforin,
  5. perform,
  6. performance appraisal,
  7. performance art,
  8. performance bond,
  9. performance indicator,
  10. performance test

Origin of performance

First recorded in 1485–95; perform + -ance

Related formsmis·per·form·ance, nounre·per·form·ance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for performance

performance

/ (pəˈfɔːməns) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for performance

performance

n.

late a5c., "accomplishment" (of something), from perform + -ance. Meaning "a thing performed" is from 1590s; that of "action of performing a play, etc." is from 1610s; that of "a public entertainment" is from 1709. Performance art is attested from 1971.

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