recital

The hardest part about piano lessons is having to give a recital, or to demonstrate what you've learned in front of an audience.

You can also use the noun recital to describe the telling of a story. Your uncle might be famous for boring people at parties with his recital of youthful Boy Scout adventures, for example. In the 1500s, recital was strictly a legal term, the "statement of relevant facts," but the musical meaning had come into use by the 1800s. The root is the Latin word recitare, "repeat from memory."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: recital

1
n
a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
2
n
a detailed statement giving facts and figures
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: recital
1

n a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance

Synonyms:
reading, recitation
Types:
declamation
recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric
Type of:
oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking
delivering an address to a public audience

n performance of music or dance especially by soloists

Type of:
performance, public presentation
a dramatic or musical entertainment
2

n a detailed statement giving facts and figures

“his wife gave a recital of his infidelities”
Type of:
statement
a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

n a detailed account or description of something

“he was forced to listen to a recital of his many shortcomings”
Type of:
account, chronicle, history, story
a record or narrative description of past events

n the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

Synonyms:
narration, yarn
Types:
recounting, relation, telling
an act of narration
Type of:
account, report
the act of informing by verbal report
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