Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PERFORMANCES

The bell had rung—the curtain was up and the performances were about to begin.

But the Marquis has no mercy on the performances of poor Miss Pardoe.

Rinaldo had fifteen performances in the course of the season.

These performances, I gather, are to impress upon you that he is a free man and your equal.

The performances of Hernani made me a still greater favourite with the public.

I refused, and finished my performances in London without Coquelin.

We gave three performances there, and set off once more for New Orleans.

We stayed an entire day at Memphis, and gave two performances there.

Six performances would have been ample in that city: we gave eight.

She listens attentively to others' performances, then disappears.

WORD ORIGIN

late a5c., "accomplishment" (of something), from perform + -ance. Meaning "a thing performed" is from 1590s; that of "action of performing a play, etc." is from 1610s; that of "a public entertainment" is from 1709. Performance art is attested from 1971.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.