Meaning of “curtain call” in the English Dictionary


"curtain call" in English

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curtain callnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɜː.tən ˌkɔːl/ us /ˈkɝː.t̬ən ˌkɑːl/

Examples from literature

  • Again and again Clara Morris took a curtain call with the other actresses. 
  • But there were five curtain calls. 
  • Grace took half a dozen curtain calls, and Kathleen West was also summoned before the curtain and publicly presented with the honor pin by President Morton. 
  • One night during the run of "King John," a notice was put up that no curtain calls would be allowed at the end of a scene. 
  • She was busy visualizing the different costumes, even going so far as to see herself slipping through folds of crimson velvet to take insistent curtain calls. 

(Definition of “curtain call” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)