Simple Definition of theater
: a building where plays, shows, etc., are performed on a stage
: a building or room in which movies are shown
: plays in general or as a form of entertainment
Full Definition of theater
1a : an outdoor structure for dramatic performances or spectacles in ancient Greece and Romeb : a building or area for dramatic performancesc : a building or area for showing motion pictures
2 : a place or sphere of enactment of usually significant events or action <the theater of public life>
3a : a place rising by steps or gradations <a woody theater of stateliest view — John Milton>b : a room often with rising tiers of seats for assemblies (as for lectures or surgical demonstrations)
Examples of theater in a sentence
the oldest theater in the city
the theater district in New York City
The film is now showing in theaters.
We enjoyed a weekend of music, dance, and theater.
He was very fond of the theater and had purchased tickets for several performances.
Her interests include theater and poetry.
the theater of 16th-century England
She majored in theater in college.
a course in American theater
His monologues made for good theater.
Variants of theater
theatreplay \ˈthē-ə-tər, ˈthēə-, oftenest in Southern ˈthē-ˌā- also thē-ˈā-\
Origin and Etymology of theater
Middle English theatre, from Middle French, from Latin theatrum, from Greek theatron, from theasthai to view, from thea act of seeing; akin to Greek thauma miracle
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of theater
: of, relating to, or appropriate for use in a theater of operations <theater nuclear weapons>
First Known Use of theater
Rhymes with theater
aerator, castrator, collator, Chubb Crater, Bay Stater, creator, curator, debater, deflator, dictator, dilator, donator, downstater, dumbwaiter, equator, first-rater, glossator, headwaiter, ice-skater, levator, locator, mandator, migrator, narrator, pond skater, pronator, pulsator, red-baiter, relater, spectator, speed skater, tailgater, testator, third-rater, titrator, translator, upstater, vibrator
THEATER Defined for Kids
Definition of theater for Students
1 : a building in which plays, motion pictures, or shows are presented
2 : the art or profession of producing plays
3 : plays or the performance of plays
4 : a place or area where some important action is carried on <a theater of war>
Variants of theater
Medical Definition of theater
1: a room often with rising tiers of seats for assemblies (as for lectures or surgical demonstrations)
2usually theatre, British : a hospital operating room
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