dress circle


: the first or lowest curved tier of seats above the main floor in a theater or opera house

Example Sentences

sitting in the dress circle
Recent Examples on the Web To create a center aisle for the parade at the Civic Theatre, dozens of seats must be removed from the center of each row from the orchestra pit to the dress circle seats. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2022 After the intermission, Vinikour popped up to the dress circle to listen to Deneve's reading of the Symphony No. 2 in E minor by Rachmaninoff. Special To The Plain Dealer, cleveland.com, 23 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dress circle was in 1822

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“Dress circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dress%20circle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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