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Definitions for proscenium
proʊˈsi ni əm, prə-; -ni əprosce·ni·um

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proscenium, apron, forestagenoun

    the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)

  2. proscenium, proscenium wallnoun

    the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater


  1. prosceniumnoun

    The stage area between the curtain and the orchestra.

  2. prosceniumnoun

    The stage area immediately in front of the scene building.

  3. prosceniumnoun

    The row of columns at the front the scene building, at first directly behind the circular orchestra but later upon a stage.

  4. prosceniumnoun

    A proscenium arch.

  5. Etymology: From proscaenium, from προσκήνιον, from πρό + σκηνή.


  1. Proscenium

    A proscenium (Greek: προσκήνιον, proskḗnion) is the metaphorical vertical plane of space in a theatre, usually surrounded on the top and sides by a physical proscenium arch (whether or not truly "arched") and on the bottom by the stage floor itself, which serves as the frame into which the audience observes from a more or less unified angle the events taking place upon the stage during a theatrical performance. The concept of the fourth wall of the theatre stage space that faces the audience is essentially the same. It can be considered as a social construct which divides the actors and their stage-world from the audience which has come to witness it. But since the curtain usually comes down just behind the proscenium arch, it has a physical reality when the curtain is down, hiding the stage from view. The same plane also includes the drop, in traditional theatres of modern times, from the stage level to the "stalls" level of the audience, which was the original meaning of the proscaenium in Roman theatres, where this mini-facade was given more architectural emphasis than is the case in modern theatres. A proscenium stage is structurally different from a thrust stage or an arena stage, as explained below.


  1. proscenium

    A proscenium is a part of a theater stage that is framed by an arch or a rectangular opening, which separates the stage from the audience. It includes the stage, wings, back wall, and the area above it, where curtains, sets, and lighting instruments can be hung. The term "proscenium" can also refer to the area between the stage and the audience in a theater, usually including the arch.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prosceniumnoun

    the part where the actors performed; the stage

  2. Prosceniumnoun

    the part of the stage in front of the curtain; sometimes, the curtain and its framework

  3. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. ; before + a tent, a wooden stage, the stage. See Scene.]


  1. Proscenium

    A proscenium is the area of a theatre surrounding the stage opening. A proscenium arch is the arch over this area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proscenium

    prō-sē′ni-um, n. the front part of the stage: the curtain and its framework. [L.,—Gr. proskēnionpro, before, skēnē, the stage.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proscenium in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proscenium in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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