dress circle

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dress circle

n.
A section of seats in a theater or opera house, usually the first tier above the orchestra.

dress circle

n
(Theatre) a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor

dress′ cir′cle


n.
a curving division of seats in a theater, opera house, etc., usu. the first gallery.
[1815–25]

dress circle

- So called because it is a circular row of seats at an entertainment, the spectators of which are expected to be in dress clothes.
See also related terms for seats.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dress 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"
seating, seating area, seating room, seats - an area that includes places where several people can sit; "there is seating for 40 students in this classroom"
theater, theatre, house - a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented; "the house was full"
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On christmas night, a dozen girls piled onto the bed which was the dress circle, and sat before the blue and yellow chintz curtains in a most flattering state of expectancy.
Tumultuous applause followed but received an unexpected check, for the cot bed, on which the dress circle was built, suddenly shut up and extinguished the enthusiastic audience.
The Harmonograph dress circles around the body in three spirals, following the geometry of the Fibonacci sequence and optically portraying the effect of a harmonograph.