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or the·a·tre  (thē′ə-tər)
1. A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances.
2. A room with tiers of seats used for lectures or demonstrations: an operating theater at a medical school.
a. Dramatic literature or its performance; drama: the theater of Shakespeare and Marlowe.
b. The milieu of actors and playwrights.
a. The quality or effectiveness of a theatrical production: good theater; awful theater.
b. Dramatic material or the use of such material: "His summation was a great piece of courtroom theater" (Ron Rosenbaum).
5. The audience assembled for a dramatic performance.
6. A place that is the setting for dramatic events.
7. A large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated: the European theater during World War II.

[Middle English theatre, from Old French, from Latin theātrum, from Greek theātron, from theāsthai, to watch, from theā, a viewing.]


or thea•tre

(ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-)

1. a building, part of a building, or an outdoor area for dramatic presentations, stage entertainments, or motion-picture shows.
2. a room or hall with tiers of seats, used for lectures, surgical demonstrations, etc.: Students crowded into the operating theater.
a. the theater, dramatic performances as a branch of art; the drama, esp. as a profession.
b. a particular type, style, or category of this art: musical theater.
4. dramatic works collectively, as of literature, a nation, or an author (often prec. by the): the Elizabethan theater.
5. the quality or effectiveness of dramatic performance.
a. a place of action; area of activity.
b. an area or region where military operations are under way: the Pacific theater.
7. a natural formation of land rising by steps or gradations.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin theātrum < Greek théātron seeing place, theater =theā-, s. of theâsthai to view + -tron suffix of means or place]


The geographical area outside the continental United States for which a commander of a combatant command has been assigned responsibility.


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A building designed for the performance of plays.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presentedtheater - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
arena theater, theater in the round - a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
ticket booth, ticket office, box office - the office where tickets of admission are sold
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace, cinema - a theater where films are shown
dress circle, circle - a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra; "they had excellent seats in the dress circle"
dinner theater, dinner theatre - a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
dressing room - a room in which you can change clothes
greenroom - a backstage room in a theater where performers rest or have visitors
home theater, home theatre - television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
little theater, little theatre - a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre - a theater in which vaudeville is staged
opera house, opera - a building where musical dramas are performed
orchestra - seating on the main floor in a theater
orchestra pit, pit - lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
parquet - seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle
parquet circle, parterre - seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
standing room - room for passengers or spectators to stand; "there was standing room for thousands more people"
theater stage, theatre stage - a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
tiered seat - seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays - the art of writing and producing plays
amphitheater, amphitheatre - a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
closed-circuit television - a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater)
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
communicating, communication - the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; "they could not act without official communication from Moscow"
stage - the theater as a profession (usually `the stage'); "an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"
dramatic composition, dramatic work - a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
dramatic irony - (theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play
flies - (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)
seat, place - a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); "he booked their seats in advance"; "he sat in someone else's place"
booking clerk, ticket agent - someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations)
playact, roleplay, act, play - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
stooge - act as the stooge; "His role was to stooge for the popular comedian"
enter - come on stage
support - play a subordinate role to (another performer); "Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"
star - be the star in a performance
appear - appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.; "Gielgud appears briefly in this movie"; "She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage"
co-star - be the co-star in a performance
ham, ham it up, overact, overplay - exaggerate one's acting
underact, underplay - act (a role) with great restraint
upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage" - 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"
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
theater of war, theatre of war - the entire land, sea, and air area that may become or is directly involved in war operations
region - a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth; "penguins inhabit the polar regions"
combat area, combat zone - a military area where combat forces operate
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(ˈθiətə) (American) theater noun
1. a place where plays, operas etc are publicly performed.
2. plays in general; any theatre. Are you going to the theatre tonight?
3. (also ˈoperating-theatre) a room in a hospital where surgical operations are performed. Take the patient to the theatre; (also adjective) a theatre nurse.
theˈatrical (-ˈӕ-) adjective
1. of theatres or acting. a theatrical performance/career.
2. (behaving) as if in a play; over-dramatic. theatrical behaviour.
theˈatrically adverb
theˌatriˈcality (θiatriˈkӕ-) noun
theˈatricals (-ˈӕ-) noun plural
dramatic performances. He's very interested in amateur theatricals.
the theatre
1. the profession of actors. He's in the theatre.
2. drama. His special interest is the theatre.


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Being still too young to go often to the theater, and not rich enough to afford any great outlay for private performances, the girls put their wits to work, and necessity being the mother of invention, made whatever they needed.
Damon, as they came out of the theater two hours later, all three chuckling at the remembrance of what they had seen, "I wonder you never turned your inventive mind to the movies.
She gave one of her town houses for a Suffrage headquarters, produced one of her own plays at the Princess Theater, was arrested for picketing during a garment-makers' strike, etc.
The place, with its gray sky and withered garlands, its bared spaces and scattered dead leaves, was like a theater after the performance-- all strewn with crumpled playbills.
Jurgis stood where the balcony of the theater would have been, and opposite, by the stage, he saw three giant caldrons, big enough for all the devils of hell to brew their broth in, full of something white and blinding, bubbling and splashing, roaring as if volcanoes were blowing through it--one had to shout to be heard in the place.
This dear young thing in the theater had been sitting there unconsciously taking up a collection.
Toward midnight Tom Driscoll arrived at his lodgings from the theater in the heavy downpour, and closed his umbrella and let himself in; but when he would have shut the door, he found that there was another person entering--doubtless another lodger; this person closed the door and tramped upstairs behind Tom.
For the girl had not yet come to; and the doctor of the theater had just arrived at the moment when Raoul entered at his heels.
And, during the nine subsequent years, I did nothing but roam from one place to another, desirous of being a spectator rather than an actor in the plays exhibited on the theater of the world; and, as I made it my business in each matter to reflect particularly upon what might fairly be doubted and prove a source of error, I gradually rooted out from my mind all the errors which had hitherto crept into it.
Since he had first seen Tarzan again from the wings of the theater there had been forming in his deadened brain the beginnings of a desire for revenge.
He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theater, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years.
This event had hastened the resolutions of the cardinal; and till the king and he could take the command of the siege of La Rochelle, which was determined, he had sent Monsieur to direct the first operations, and had ordered all the troops he could dispose of to march toward the theater of war.