- Orchestra is the place in front of the stage where musicians sit at a play, or a large group of musicians.
- An example of the orchestra is the lowered section in front of the stage where musicians play during a Broadway musical.
- An example of an orchestra is a group of musicians playing string, wind brass and percussion instruments.
orchestra definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient Greek theaters, the semicircular space in front of the stage, used by the chorus
- in modern theaters, the space in front of and below the stage, where the musicians sitin full orchestra pit
- the section of seats on the main floor of a theater, esp. the front section
- the main floor of a theater
- a usually large group of musicians playing together; often, specif., symphony orchestra
- the instruments of such a group
Origin: Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek orchēstra ; from orcheisthai, to dance ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ergh-, extension of base an unverified form er-, swift movement, a raising from source Sanskrit an unverified form ṛghāyati, (he) rages, German arg, bad
orchestra definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Music a. A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and percussion instruments.b. The instruments played by such a group.
- The area in a theater or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage.
- a. The front section of seats nearest the stage in a theater.b. The entire main floor of a theater.
- A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in ancient Greek theaters.
Origin: Latin orchēstra, the space in front of the stage in Greek theaters where the chorus performed, from Greek orkhēstrā, from orkheisthai, to dance.
- or·chesˈtral adjective
- or·chesˈtral·ly adverb
orchestra - Cultural Definition
A group of musicians who play together on a variety of instruments, which usually come from all four instrument families — brass, percussion, strings, and woodwinds. A typical symphony orchestra is made up of more than ninety musicians. Most orchestras, unlike chamber music groups, have more than one musician playing each musical part.