Definitions for orchestraˈɔr kə strə, -kɛs trə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•ches•traˈɔr kə strə, -kɛs trə(n.)(pl.)-tras.

  1. a group of performers on various musical instruments, including esp. strings, winds, and percussion, who play music together.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (in a modern theater) the space reserved for the musicians, usu. the front part of the main floor (or′chestra pit`). the entire main-floor space for the audience. the front section of seats on the main floor; parquet.

    Category: Architecture, Showbiz

  3. (in an ancient Greek theater) the circular space in front of the stage, allotted to the chorus.

    Category: Architecture, Showbiz

  4. (in a Roman theater) a similar space reserved for persons of distinction.

    Category: Architecture, Showbiz

Origin of orchestra:

1590–1600; < L orchēstra < Gk orchḗstra the space on which the chorus danced, der. of orcheîsthai to dance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. orchestra(noun)

    a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players

  2. orchestra(noun)

    seating on the main floor in a theater

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. orchestra(noun)ˈɔr kə strə, -kɛs trə

    a group of classical musicians led by a conductor

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Wiktionary

  1. orchestra(Noun)

    A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including some from strings, woodwind, brass and/or percussion; the instruments played by such a group.

  2. orchestra(Noun)

    A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in Ancient Greek and Hellenistic theatres.

  3. orchestra(Noun)

    The area in a theatre or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage, sometimes (also) used by other performers.

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  1. Orchestra

    An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus. The orchestra grew by accretion throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, but changed very little in composition during the course of the 20th century. A smaller-sized orchestra for this time period is called a chamber orchestra. A full-size orchestra may sometimes be called a "symphony orchestra" or "philharmonic orchestra"; these modifiers do not necessarily indicate any strict difference in either the instrumental constitution or role of the orchestra, but can be useful to distinguish different ensembles based in the same city. A symphony orchestra will usually have over eighty musicians on its roster, in some cases over a hundred, but the actual number of musicians employed in a particular performance may vary according to the work being played and the size of the venue. A leading chamber orchestra might employ as many as fifty musicians; some are much smaller than that. Orchestras can also be found in schools. The term concert orchestra may sometimes be used —no distinction is made on size of orchestra by use of this term, although their use is generally distinguished as for live concert. As such they are commonly chamber orchestras.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'orchestra' in Nouns Frequency: #2087


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

orchestra(noun)

a (usually large) group of musicians playing together, led by a conductor.

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