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 Some level of new technology has been introduced, but largely, people sing and dance or speak, and the audience sits on the other side of the proscenium. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Playhouse Square’s big five theaters reaching century mark while closed in a pandemic," 31 Jan. 2021 There are still traces of the building's former owners, including a projection room, a big proscenium arch and the cinema's original tiles, which were covered with industrial linoleum during the auto-shop days. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Steps from George Floyd Square, this arts center was forged in community," 21 Jan. 2021 Currently, work is focused on completing all superstructure concrete pours, including finishing stair and elevator cores and the venue’s proscenium wall. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "MSG Entertainment Takes Over Sphere Construction in Las Vegas," 17 Dec. 2020 Mary stage right, Joseph stage left, with the Magi hovering near the proscenium. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Guest list may be smaller, but gratitude remains," 24 Nov. 2020 Dragging the show's lovers and conflicts from the vastness of the proscenium right to viewers’ front bumpers infused the material with a fresh urgency, putting the audience in the middle of the action and heightening emotions and consequences. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Opera Theatre drives into the pandemic era with a fresh take on a classic," 30 Oct. 2020 What is ballet outside the proscenium, and without audiences? Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "How New York City Ballet Took On the Pandemic," 29 Oct. 2020 Placed on a stage extension in front of the proscenium, first violins and violas projected well into the room — violins just occasionally sounding a little raw. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony opens its 2020-2021 season with reduced numbers, in a different venue," 19 Sep. 2020 John Macfarlane’s set completes the Met’s gold proscenium with a fourth edge across the front of the stage, creating a picture frame for the Dutchman’s portrait—a giant eye. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Keelhauling Wagner," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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7 Feb 2021

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“Proscenium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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