September 20, 2011
- encore (noun)
- What does it mean?
- : a demand made by an audience for a repeat or an additional performance; also : a further performance in response to such a demand
- How do you use it?
- People leaped to their feet at the end of the concert, cheering and clapping thunderously until the band returned for an encore.
- Are you a word wiz?
English adopted "encore" from another language. Which language do you think "encore" was borrowed from?If you think "encore" sounds French, you're right. But if you don't hear any French influence, that's not surprising either; "encore" has been part of English for almost 300 years and is now fully naturalized into our language. In French "encore" means "again" or "still." When English speakers borrowed the word in the early 1700s, they used it to mean "play or show it again." By the late 1700s, the word was also being used to name the extra performance the audience demanded. Sometimes, "encore" is even used as a verb meaning "to request an encore."