theater, theatre, housenoun
a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
"the house was full"
dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater, theatrenoun
the art of writing and producing plays
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"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: theatre, Fr. theatrum, Lat.
This wise and universal theatre,
Presents more woful pageants than the scene
Wherein we play. William Shakespeare, As you like it.
When the boats came within sixty yards of the pillar, they found themselves all bound, yet so as they might go about, so as they all stood as in a theatre beholding this light. Francis Bacon.
Shade above shade, a woody theatre
Of stateliest view. John Milton.
In the midst of this fair valley stood
A native theatre, which rising slow,
By just degrees o’erlook’d the ground below. Dryden.
an edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed
any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations, etc
that which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like; a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a theater
a sphere or scheme of operation
a place or region where great events are enacted; as, the theater of war
Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance. Elements of design and stagecraft are used to enhance the physicality, presence and immediacy of the experience. The specific place of the performance is also named by the word "theatre" as derived from the Ancient Greek θέατρον, itself from θεάομαι. Modern Western theatre derives in large measure from ancient Greek drama, from which it borrows technical terminology, classification into genres, and many of its themes, stock characters, and plot elements. Theatre scholar Patrice Pavis defines theatricality, theatrical language, stage writing, and the specificity of theatre as synonymous expressions that differentiate theatre from the other performing arts, literature, and the arts in general. Theatre today includes performances of plays and musicals. Although it can be defined broadly to include opera and ballet, those art forms are outside the scope of this article.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
thē′a-tėr, n. a place where public representations, chiefly dramatic or musical, are seen, a play-house: any place rising by steps like the seats of a theatre: a building adapted for scholastic exercises, anatomical demonstrations, &c.: scene of action, field of operations: the drama, the stage.—adjs. Theat′ric, -al, relating or suitable to a theatre, or to actors: pompous: artificial, affected.—v.t. and v.i. Theat′ricalise, to adapt to dramatic representation: to make stagy.—ns. Theat′ricalism, Theatrical′ity, staginess, artificiality.—adv. Theat′rically, in a theatrical manner: in a manner suiting the stage.—n. Theat′ricalness.—n.pl. Theat′ricals, dramatic performances.—v.i. Theat′ricise, to play a part.—ns. Theat′ricism, theatricality, affectation, staginess; Theatromā′nia, a craze for play-going; Theat′rophone, a telephone connected with a theatre. [Gr. theatron—theaomai, I see.]
The theatre symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the theatre symbol and its characteristic.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1799
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1769
Rank popularity for the word 'Theatre' in Nouns Frequency: #727
hat tree, hattree, teareth, tethera, theater, thereat
The numerical value of Theatre in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Theatre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
The theatre is a gross art, built in sweeps and over-emphasis. Compromise is its second name.
We must always be thankful to our enemies as they teach us that the smiling face of the world is nothing but a theatre mask!
We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.
It’s a privilege to be asked to play here tonight on what is a very special anniversary. It is 100 years to the night since that balcony collapsed. (Addressing people in The Gods at a provincial theatre.)
Not just the prince of musicals, the crowned head who directed two of the greatest productions of my career, Evita and Phantom. This wonderful man taught me so much and his mastery of musical theatre was without equal.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for Theatre
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- il teatroItalian
- rạp hátVietnamese
Get even more translations for Theatre »
Find a translation for the Theatre definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)