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proscenium

noun pro·sce·ni·um \prō-ˈsē-nē-əm\

: the part of a stage that is in front of the curtain

Full Definition of PROSCENIUM

1
a :  the stage of an ancient Greek or Roman theater
b :  the part of a modern stage in front of the curtain
c :  the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium and provides the arch that frames it
2
a :  foreground 1
b :  foreground 2

Examples of PROSCENIUM

  1. The host walked onto the proscenium.

Origin of PROSCENIUM

Latin, from Greek proskēnion front of the building forming the background for a dramatic performance, stage, from pro- + skēnē building forming the background for a dramatic performance — more at scene
First Known Use: 1606

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with PROSCENIUM

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