noun or·ches·tra \ˈr-kəs-trə, -ˌkes-\

: a group of musicians who play usually classical music together and who are led by a conductor

the orchestra : a group of seats in a theater that are close to the stage

Full Definition of ORCHESTRA

a :  the circular space used by the chorus in front of the proscenium in an ancient Greek theater
b :  a corresponding semicircular space in a Roman theater used for seating important persons
a :  the space in front of the stage in a modern theater that is used by an orchestra
b :  the forward section of seats on the main floor of a theater
c :  the main floor of a theater
:  a group of musicians including especially string players organized to perform ensemble music — compare band

Examples of ORCHESTRA

  1. He plays violin in the school orchestra.
  2. <the orchestra will be performing a selection of Beethoven pieces tomorrow night>


Latin, from Greek orchēstra, from orcheisthai to dance; perhaps akin to Sanskrit ṛghāyati he trembles, he rages
First Known Use: 1606

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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