Definitions for afterpieceˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

af•ter•pieceˈæf tərˌpis, ˈɑf-(n.)

  1. a short comic piece performed after a featured play.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. afterpiece(noun)

    a brief dramatic piece (usually comic) presented after a play

Webster Dictionary

  1. Afterpiece(noun)

    a piece performed after a play, usually a farce or other small entertainment

  2. Afterpiece(noun)

    the heel of a rudder


  1. Afterpiece

    An afterpiece is a short, usually humorous one-act playlet or musical work following the main attraction, the full-length play, and concluding the theatrical evening. This short comedy, farce, opera or pantomime was a popular theatrical form in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was presented to lighten the five-act tragedy that was commonly performed. An example is The Padlock by Charles Dibdin, first performed in London in 1768.


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