off Broadway

noun

often capitalized O
: a part of the New York professional theater stressing fundamental and artistic values and formerly engaging in experimentation
off-Broadway adjective or adverb often capitalized O

Word History

Etymology

from its usually being produced in smaller theaters outside of the Broadway theatrical district

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of off Broadway was in 1953

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“Off Broadway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off%20Broadway. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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