What does Theater mean?

Definitions for Theater
ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-the·ater

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Theater.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. theater, theatre, housenoun

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

    "the house was full"

  2. dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater, theatrenoun

    the art of writing and producing plays

  3. field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operationsnoun

    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. theaternoun

    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." (w:Oscar Wilde)

  2. theaternoun

    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. theaternoun

    A lecture theatre.

  4. theaternoun

    An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.

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

  5. theaternoun

    A cinema, or picture theatre.

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

  6. theaternoun

    Drama or performance as a profession or artform.

    I worked in the theater for twenty-five years.

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


  1. theater

    Theater was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performed in German by Katja Ebstein. This was Ebstein's third Eurovision entry; she had represented Germany in 1970 and 1971, with "Wunder gibt es immer wieder" and "Diese Welt" respectively, both times finishing in 3rd position. The song was performed twelfth on the night (following Norway's Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta with "Sámiid Ædnan" and preceding the United Kingdom's Prima Donna with "Love Enough For Two"). At the close of voting, it had received 128 points, placing 2nd in a field of 19. The song is a Ralph Siegel-Bernd Meinunger collaboration, with Ebstein singing about the manner in which clowns have to mask their true feelings when performing on stage - a situation which is said to be true of all performers. The four backing singers were dressed as clowns and Ralph Siegel played the piano on stage wearing gloves with small clowns on the fingers. Ebstein also recorded the song in English (as "It's Showtime"), French ("Théâtre") and Italian ("Teatro").


  1. theater

    Theater is a form of fine art that employs live performers to present a real or imagined experience before a live audience in a specific place. The performers can use speeches, gestures, movements, music, and scenery to convey a narrative or to express artistic expression. It can also refer to the physical building or space where such performances take place.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Theaternoun

    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.

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Anagrams for Theater »

  1. hat tree

  2. hattree

  3. teareth

  4. tethera

  5. theatre

  6. thereat

  7. teather

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theater in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Theater in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Theater in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Gingold:

    Working in the theater has a lot in common with unemployment.

  2. Swordfish:

    Gabriel Have you ever heard of Harry Houdini Well he wasn't like today's magicians who are only interested in television ratings. He was an artist. He could make an elephant disappear in the middle of a theater filled with people, and do you know how he did that Misdirection.

  3. Defense Oleskii Reznikov:

    You've probably already heard that this theater which was struck by missiles, a theater where 1,200 women and children were hiding, and you can see from the maps, from the drones that around this theater, big letters of' children' were written so that the pilot of the plane which was throwing the bombs could see' children', and still, in spite of that, this monster has bombed the theater.

  4. Gail:

    Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.

  5. Nick Selby:

    But keep in mind, the precautions should are already being taken may not be visible to the average theater-goer. So people shouldn’t expect to see a SWAT like presence at their local movie theater.

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