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
Origin 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
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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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