Definition of theater
- the theater of public life
- a woody theater of stateliest view
- —John Milton
- their public feud made for good theater
the oldest theater in the city
the theater district in New York City
The film is now showing in theaters.
We enjoyed a weekend of music, dance, and theater.
He was very fond of the theater and had purchased tickets for several performances.
Her interests include theater and poetry.
the theater of 16th-century England
She majored in theater in college.
a course in American theater
His monologues made for good theater.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a building where plays, shows, etc., are performed on a stage
: a building or room in which movies are shown
: plays in general or as a form of entertainment
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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