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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

the•a•terˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-(n.)

or thea•tre

  1. a building, part of a building, or an outdoor area for dramatic presentations, stage entertainments, or motion-picture shows.

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  2. a room or hall with tiers of seats, used for lectures, surgical demonstrations, etc.:

    Students crowded into the operating theater.

  3. the theater, dramatic performances as a branch of art; the drama, esp. as a profession. a particular type, style, or category of this art:

    musical theater.

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  4. dramatic works collectively, as of literature, a nation, or an author (often prec. by the):

    the Elizabethan theater.

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  5. the quality or effectiveness of dramatic performance.

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  6. a place of action; area of activity. an area or region where military operations are under way:

    the Pacific theater.

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  7. a natural formation of land rising by steps or gradations.

    Category: Geology

Origin of theater:

1325–75; ME < L theātrum < Gk théātron seeing place, theater =theā-, s. of theâsthai to view +-tron suffix of means or place

Princeton's WordNet

  1. theater, theatre, house(noun)

    a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented

    "the house was full"

  2. dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater, theatre(noun)

    the art of writing and producing plays

  3. field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operations(noun)

    a region in which active military operations are in progress

    "the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"


  1. theater(Noun)

    A place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies etc.

    "The theater is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, it is also the return of art to life." u2014 (w:Oscar Wilde)

  2. theater(Noun)

    A region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war.

    His grandfather was in the Pacific theater during the war.

  3. theater(Noun)

    A lecture theatre.

  4. theater(Noun)

    An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.

    This man is about to die, get him into theater at once!

  5. theater(Noun)

    A cinema, or picture theatre.

    We sat in the back row of the theater and threw popcorn at the screen.

  6. theater(Noun)

    Drama or performance as a profession or artform.

    I worked in the theater for twenty-five years.

  7. Origin: From theater, from theatre, from theatrum, from θέατρον, from θεάομαι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theater(noun)

    alt. of Theatre


  1. Theater

    In warfare, a theater is an area or place in which important military events occur or are progressing. A theater can include the entirety of the air, land, and sea area that is or that may potentially become involved in war operations.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. theater

    The geographical area for which a commander of a geographic combatant command has been assigned responsibility.

Anagrams of Theater

  1. hat tree, hattree, teareth, tethera, theatre, thereat

Translations for Theater

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


plays for the stage in general

modern drama.

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