fourth wallfourth wall
the traditional imaginary barrier between a performing actor, as on a stage or set, and the audience: often in the phrase break the fourth wall, to address or otherwise acknowledge the audience during a performance
Origin of fourth wallin reference, refer to the typical stage enclosed on three sides
The space separating the audience from the action of a theatrical performance, traditionally conceived of as an imaginary wall completing the enclosure of the stage.
(plural fourth walls)
- Alternative spelling of fourth wall.