the·​ater·​go·​er ˈthē-ə-tər-ˌgō-ər How to pronounce theatergoer (audio)
: a person who frequently goes to the theater
theatergoing noun or adjective

Examples of theatergoer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One theatergoer’s mindless fluff is another theatergoer’s inspired caprice. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2023 Around the same time, Ronson took them to see Fargo at a movie theater on the Upper West Side, much to their fellow theatergoers’ dismay. Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2023 While the writers found the tune inherently amusing, its place in the plot puzzled many theatergoers. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 16 May 2023 Theater attendance during the latest quarter jumped to 9.8 million patrons, up nearly 47 percent on the year-earlier 6.6 million theatergoers, which coincided with backing for the theatrical window from major studio bosses returning as industry disruption from the pandemic ebbs away. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2023 Ever since preview performances in late February, Matarazzo says, audiences have been evenly split between Sondheim fanatics and first-time theatergoers. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2023 Miranda dutifully took selfies with theatergoers during intermission, while Close posed for photos through tears after the cast and crew took their final bows. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 17 Apr. 2023 Since 1935, the venerable tourism powerhouse has lured in theatergoers willing to stay, shop and dine. Jeastman, oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2023 When the film was released in 2003, theatergoers showed support, Shen said. Lynda Lin Grigsby, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of theatergoer was in 1870

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“Theatergoer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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the·​ater·​go·​er -ˌgō(-ə)r How to pronounce theatergoer (audio)
: a person who frequently goes to the theater
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