Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

General words for performances

act

noun

a short performance by a comedian, magician, or other performer

appearance

noun

an occasion when you are on television or in a play, movie, concert etc

booking

noun

an arrangement made by a performer to perform at a particular place and time in the future

command performance

noun

a special performance of a show, play, or film given for a king, queen, or president

curtain raiser

noun

a short performance that is put on before a more important one

debut

noun

the first time that a performer or sports player appears in public

display

noun

a performance that is intended to entertain people

double bill

noun

a film or theatre show that consists of two films or performances one after the other

double feature

noun

a double bill

draw

noun

an event or performer that a lot of people will come to see

exhibition

noun

used in a positive way to talk about a performance

first night

noun

the night when a play or show is publicly performed for the first time

floor show

noun

a performance by singers or dancers in a club, bar etc

fly-by

noun

a fly-past

fly-past

noun

an occasion when several planes fly close together for people to watch as part of a ceremony or air show

happening

noun

an informal event or performance that the public can take part in

house

noun

a performance in a theatre or cinema that is one of a series taking place on the same day

matinee

noun

an afternoon performance of a play, film etc

one-night stand

noun

a play, concert etc that is performed for only one night in a particular place

opening night

noun

the first night that a play or other entertainment is performed or shown

pageant

noun

a play, concert, or other performance based on a historical or religious story

party piece

noun

something such as a song or a dance that you can perform at a party to entertain people

performance

noun

the act of performing a play, dance, or other form of entertainment

premiere

noun

the first public performance of a play or a film

presentation

noun

a performance of a play or other entertainment

production

noun

a film, play, television or radio programme, CD etc, especially when you are talking about the way it is created and performed

pyrotechnics

noun

an impressive and exciting performance or show of skill

revival

noun

a new performance of something that has not been performed for a long time, such as a play

set piece

noun

a performance or action that is planned very carefully

show

noun

a performance, especially in a theatre

showstopper

noun

a performance that is so good that the audience interrupts the show with applause

spectacle

noun

an exciting and impressive public event or performance

spectacular

noun

a large and impressive public event or performance

staging

noun

a particular production of a show

swansong

noun

the last performance, speech, or piece of work in the career of a well-known person

theatricals

noun

performances in a theatre

enactment

noun

the deep web

a part of the Internet that cannot be accessed with conventional browsers or search tools, often used for illegal activity

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

digital hermit

a person who avoids using modern technologies like e-mail or the Internet

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog