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 Under a proscenium arch in the foyer, a marble staircase is inlaid with colorful mosaics. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 5 May 2022 And Minnelli is clearly aware of the force of her performance, creating long takes that serve as a sort of proscenium as well as urgent closeups that burst with her tremulous power. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 10 June 2022 Electronic auras seem to swirl around the audience, aided by the two antiphonal groups in the balcony boxes on either side of the proscenium — each with a percussionist, clarinetist and trumpeter. New York Times, 15 May 2022 Freedom feels ever more tangible when there are no walls around you, the artists have escaped the proscenium frame, and set design is left up to the sun, sky and birds. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Perhaps Hartford Stage is the wrong space for it, with a thrust stage that doesn’t neatly accommodate old-fashioned proscenium-style living room sets. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 19 Apr. 2022 In both films, Jewison’s widescreen visions owe nothing to the usual practice of flat, proscenium composition. Armond White, National Review, 13 May 2022 Lighting designer Jacob Snodgrass follows suit, incorporating striking beams of light coming from the proscenium and a free-standing light tree at the back of the stage. Lauren Warnecke,, 2 Apr. 2022 The Wilbur crowd was buzzing even before Rock entered the proscenium a little after 8 p.m. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Proscenium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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