rehearsal

[ri-hur-suh l]

noun

a session of exercise, drill, or practice, usually private, in preparation for a public performance, ceremony, etc.: a play rehearsal; a wedding rehearsal.
the act of rehearsing.
a repeating or relating: a rehearsal of grievances.

Nearby words

  1. rehabilitate,
  2. rehabilitation,
  3. rehabilitation department,
  4. rehash,
  5. rehearing,
  6. rehearse,
  7. reheat,
  8. reheating,
  9. rehnquist,
  10. rehnquist, william hubbs

Origin of rehearsal

First recorded in 1350–1400, rehearsal is from the Middle English word rehersaille. See rehearse, -al2

Related formspre·re·hears·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rehearsal

rehearsal

noun

a session of practising a play, concert, speech etc, in preparation for public performance, the act of reciting
the act of going through or recounting; recitalrehearsal of his own virtues was his usual occupation
in rehearsal being prepared for public performance
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Word Origin and History for rehearsal

rehearsal

n.

late 14c., "restatement, repetition of the words of another," from rehearse + -al (2), or from Old French rehearsal "a repeating." Sense in theater and music, "act of rehearsing," is from 1570s. Pre-wedding rehearsal dinner attested by 1953.

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Medicine definitions for rehearsal

rehearsal

[rĭ-hûrsəl]

n.

The process of repeating information, such as a name or a list of words, in order to remember it.
Related formsre•hearse v.


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