- a musical entertainment given usually by a single performer or by a performer and one or more accompanists.
- a similar entertainment in a field other than music: a dance recital.
- a program or concert by dance or music students to demonstrate their achievements or progress.
- an act or instance of reciting.
- a formal or public delivery of something memorized.
- a detailed statement.
- an account, narrative, or description: He gave a recital of the things he'd been doing since we'd last seen him.
Origin of recital
7. See narrative.
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Examples from the Web for recital
Is it possible that in so short a time—if the recital be not too painful, pray explain.The Bacillus of Beauty
"Certainly," I replied, deeply sighing at the recital of so lame a story.Lady Susan
At the conclusion of this recital he called to the Leopard Woman.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The feeling with which I had listened to this recital had become intolerable.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
So my rascals ever did with me, though in good truth I seldom listened to their recital.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a musical performance by a soloist or soloistsCompare concert (def. 1)
- the act of reciting or repeating something learned or prepared
- an account, narration, or description
- a detailed statement of facts, figures, etc
- (often plural) law the preliminary statement in a deed showing the reason for its existence and leading up to and explaining the operative part
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Word Origin and History for recital
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