proscenium

noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sachs’s proscenium-like images catch glints off the sword-sharp edges of the elegant dialogue. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Frankie” and the Performance of Life in the Face of Death," 25 Oct. 2019 With the orchestra onstage, the pit will be covered so that singers can move out past the proscenium and closer to the front of the stage. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fast-rising soprano makes U.S. debut in title role of S.D. Opera’s ‘Aida’," 13 Oct. 2019 The theater, renovated in 1897 by William H. English’s son, William E. English, featured two balconies that allowed for clear viewing of the spectacular arched proscenium that was ornamented in gold-and-white fresco work. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The English Hotel and Opera House was the grand lady of Monument Circle," 14 Aug. 2019 One, which accommodates an orchestra of 350 people, tucks the musicians beneath the stage in proscenium seating, with a state-of-the-art sound system digitally piping music into the theater. Corey Dockser, BostonGlobe.com, "The fight for women’s suffrage, barn sale, and free music classes," 21 Aug. 2019 The design is dynamic with a lot of steampunk touches, especially Eugene Lee’s terrific clockwork set that’s dominated, for no particular reason aside from looking cool, by a mechanical dragon atop the faux proscenium. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance," 16 Aug. 2019 Otherwise, Nelson and Carrazana will walk around, sit on the floor and on the lip of the proscenium stage, and mostly just talk. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "In 'Lungs,' a couple debate whether it's right to bring a child into our warming world," 23 July 2019 The something reflective could be a cardboard box corner covered in aluminum foil or the CooKit, which resembles a disco proscenium stage. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Is it hot enough to fry an egg outside? We got cracking to find out.," 20 July 2019 Early in her career, Brown wanted no part of the proscenium stage. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019

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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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“Proscenium.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proscenium. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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proscenium

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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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