fourth wall

noun

Definition of fourth wall

: an imaginary wall (as at the opening of a modern stage proscenium) that keeps performers from recognizing or directly addressing their audience

Examples of fourth wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Netflix's take on the classic Austen tale is Fleabag meets empire waistlines; throughout, Anne exchanges knowing, tongue-in-cheek glances with the camera, breaking the fourth wall to wink at feelings of incredulity or schadenfreude. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 June 2022 Johnson breaks the fourth wall multiple times throughout the trailer to describe her family and her relationships with the cast, and the scenes shown include several rom-com moments between Anne and Frederick. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 14 June 2022 The moment was the very definition of breaking the fourth wall. Mj Corey, Vogue, 14 June 2022 The fourth wall seemed to break in a few moments, with some glances between Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, including when Dolly Parton shows up, and with that final message. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 Characters break the fourth wall and look at the camera, and other characters unexpectedly bite the dust. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 12 May 2022 The mother-son duo break the fourth wall at the end of the parody clip and share a genuine laugh, celebrating their A-plus comedic performance. Antonia Debianchi, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 But Jolson — for whom the fourth wall was a mere inconvenience — managed to stop the show each night, usually at its climax, to sing a medley of his popular hits. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Shannon wasn’t comfortable with scenes that required Buss to break the fourth wall and address the camera directly. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fourth wall

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fourth wall was in 1807

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26 Jun 2022

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“Fourth wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fourth%20wall. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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