concert

[ noun, adjective kon-surt, -sert; verb kuh n-surt ]SEE DEFINITION OF concert

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After coffee we were ushered into the drawing-room, and listened to a concert.

It was simply a concert of howling monkeys that had so terrified me!

The only mitigating feature of the business was that the matter to be reported was only a concert.

And it would not do to let them have a wrong impression about the concert.

He could imagine the talk there would be in Ballyards about his criticism of the concert.

"This ain't the concert," he replied, much as if she had proposed going to the polls.

This concert in the silent square made the most prodigious effect.

Again they all laughed in concert; and again Mr Pecksniff laughed especially.

When everything was prepared for the second concert there came a bolt from the blue.

But adulation, flunkeyism, concert, covered the spark with dirt and mud.

WORD ORIGIN

1660s, "agreement, accord, harmony," from French concert (16c.), from Italian concerto "concert, harmony," from concertare "bring into agreement," in Latin "to contend, contest, dispute," from com- "with" (see com-) + certare "to contend, strive," frequentative of certus, variant past participle of cernere "separate, decide" (see crisis).

Before the word entered English, meaning shifted from "to strive against" to "to strive alongside." Sense of "public musical performance" is 1680s. But Klein considers this too much of a stretch and suggests Latin concentare "to sing together" (from con- + cantare "to sing") as the source of the Italian word in the musical sense.

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