family circle


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family circle

n
1. members of a family regarded as a closed group
2. (Theatre) chiefly US the cheap seating area in a theatre behind or above the dress circle

fam′ily cir′cle


n.
a section in a theater containing less expensive seats.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.family circle - rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seatsfamily circle - rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
balcony - an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium
References in classic literature ?
On the evening of the 9th of November in 1878, at about nine o'clock, young Charles Ashmore left the family circle about the hearth, took a tin bucket and started toward the spring.
But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle.
I won't hear it spoken of," said the princess in the same petulantly playful tone in which she had spoken to Hippolyte in the drawing room and which was so plainly ill-suited to the family circle of which Pierre was almost a member.
There was nothing mean or ungenerous in the young man's heart, and he was glad that his future wife should not be restrained by false prudery from being kind (in private) to her unhappy cousin; but to receive Countess Olenska in the family circle was a different thing from producing her in public, at the Opera of all places, and in the very box with the young girl whose engagement to him, Newland Archer, was to be announced within a few weeks.
To have it quite in their own family circle was what they had particularly wished.
Yet I do not call to mind that I was ever in my earlier youth the subject of remark in our social family circle, but some large-handed person took some such ophthalmic steps to patronize me.
There is one friend he has not seen yet, and as he cannot be conveniently introduced into the family circle, by reason of his being an iron-shod quadruped, Kit takes the first opportunity of slipping away and hurrying to the stable.
The father went so far as to say, in his private family circle, that he feared Mr Clennam was not a man of high instincts.
But, my dear, pray do not make any more matches; they are silly things, and break up one's family circle grievously.
I began to feel unmistakably out of place in that pleasant family circle.
But when one has been in a family circle one cannot accustom oneself to this life
A nuisance cause was trying; there were not many spectators; and the witnesses, counsel, and jury, formed a sort of family circle, sufficiently jocose and snug.