pro·​sce·​ni·​um | \ prō-ˈsē-nē-əm How to pronounce proscenium (audio) \

Definition of proscenium

1a : the stage of an ancient Greek or Roman theater
b : the part of a modern stage in front of the curtain
c : the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium and provides the arch that frames it

Examples of proscenium in a Sentence

The host walked onto the proscenium.

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While such auditoriums are common enough nowadays—most colleges have one—they’re harder to find in midtown Manhattan, which is dominated by Broadway’s traditional proscenium-arch theaters. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’ Review: Beauties Made Boring," 10 Apr. 2019 For the most part, the Armory’s larger-than-life productions reflect the space in which they are staged: The vast 55,000-square-foot drill hall offers a far bigger stage than that of a traditional proscenium theater. Charles Passy, WSJ, "The Park Avenue Armory Offers a Canvas for Larger-Than-Life Productions," 16 July 2018 At the opening of the third act, the stage was dominated by a two-story house that very nearly filled the proscenium. David Lyman,, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 Two American flags stood at opposite ends of the proscenium. Morgan Greene,, "After performance, Stormy Daniels seemingly storms out of Chicago strip club," 15 June 2018 How Houdini Died, a mini-proscenium and a mechanical curtain that recalls the odeons of yore. Chris Jones,, "Chicago Magic Lounge: Attention magic geeks and sleight-of-hand fans, your new bar is open in Uptown," 23 Feb. 2018 Theater fans were invited to bring their dogs to the Drake Theatre and unleash them on the proscenium stage, transformed into a sort of dog park. John Timpane,, "InterAct invites dogs to explore the theater as part of its June-a-Palooza festival," 25 June 2018 From the concert hall’s proscenium stage, 20 attendants looked on. New York Times, "Another Royal Wedding. This One Newark Style.," 15 June 2018 But the title makes a point: the New Negro, that lively protagonist stomping onto the proscenium of history, might also be thought of, tenderly, as a figure for Locke himself. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of proscenium

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for proscenium

Latin, from Greek proskēnion front of the building forming the background for a dramatic performance, stage, from pro- + skēnē building forming the background for a dramatic performance — more at scene

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The first known use of proscenium was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of proscenium

: the part of a stage that is in front of the curtain

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