General English

  • noun a call by the audience for a performer to repeat a song or a piece of music
  • noun a song or a piece of music repeated at the request of the audience


  • A cry of enthusiastic admiration, calling for a repeat or supplementaryperformance. The term is also applied to the extra performance itself.

    Although it is a French word (meaning 'again' or 'another'),encore is not used in this way in France, where the audience criesbis (twice) for a repeat performance.