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rehearsal (n.)

late 14c., rehersaille, "restatement, repetition of the words of another; account, narration," from rehearse + -al (2), or from Old French rehearsal "a repeating." Sense in theater and music, "act or process of studying by practice or preparatory exercise, a meeting of musical or dramatic performers for practice and study together" is from 1570s. A play being in rehearsal is from 1709. Pre-wedding rehearsal dinner attested by 1953.

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Definitions of rehearsal from WordNet

rehearsal (n.)
a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert);
he missed too many rehearsals
a rehearsal will be held the day before the wedding
Synonyms: dry run
rehearsal (n.)
(psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory;
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