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Definition a performance such as music, dance, or a poetry reading

Much more rarely, recital can be used in the sense of something that was recited (said aloud), or said in detail. In law, recital has a specialized meaning that references introductory or preliminary information giving the reasons for what follows.
  • I'm eager to see her graduation recital.
  • What will you sing at your recital?
  • The ballet recital is Saturday.
  • The night of Angel's dance recital was stormy and overcast, but her excitement made the evening seem almost sunny.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • recital = performance
  • But recital night was Virgie's night, whatever else it was.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • recital = a performance of music
  • Charlotte's mom said Charlotte had a dance recital earlier in the day, but she was going to try to come to your party if time allowed.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • recital = performance
  • I played my first recital when I was ten.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • recital = performance
  • There was the proper swearing in of Mr. Summers by the postmaster, as the official of the lottery; at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, ... some people believed that the official of the lottery used to stand just so when he said or sang it,
    Shirley Jackson  --  The Lottery
  • recital = performance (as of a song or poem)
  • There weren't a lot of people who were equipped to babysit for Auggie, so Mom and Dad brought him to all my class plays and concerts and recitals, all the school functions, the bake sales and the book fairs.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • Imagination will readily supply the meager recital of poor Bartleby's interment.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Instead, she stared out at the freezing December rain and spoke of her last recital, the most important recital of her life.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • It did not sound like the recital of a participant.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I had some in my possession and it was easy to slip it into Marston's almost empty glass during the tense period after the gramophone recital.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • She did indeed hold a recital of her pupils every June that was a fair model for Miss Eckhart's, and of many another as well, I suppose.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer's Beginnings
  • Your Honor, literally I shrink from the mere recital of this dastardly crime.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • At the close of this recital, Arthur turned his eyes upon the impudent and wicked face.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Suddenly he could not endure Littlefield's recitals of the more interesting statistics about totally uninteresting problems.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I was a terrible dancer — they always put me in the back for recitals," I admitted.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • I slip back into the ballroom, where the girls perform their recital.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Harry was deeply thankful that Professor Sprout ushered them into greenhouse three at that point, forcing Ernie to abandon his recital.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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