An empty movie theater.
Theater is defined as a building where plays are performed or movies are shown, or refers to performances of plays, or to a career of performing in plays.
- A building with multiple screens where movies are shown is an example of a movie theater.
- Going to see a play is an example of going to the theater.
- A person who stars in movies and plays is an example of someone who is in theater.
- a place where plays, operas, films, etc. are presented; esp., a building or outdoor structure expressly designed for such presentations
- any place resembling a theater, esp. a lecture hall, surgical clinic, etc., having the floor of the seating space raked
- any place where events take place; scene of operations; specif., an area of military operations, as in a war: a commander in the Southern Pacific theater
- the dramatic art or dramatic works; drama
- the theatrical world; people engaged in theatrical activity
- the legitimate theater, as distinguished from films, TV, etc.: often with the
- theatrical technique, production, etc. with reference to its effectiveness: a play that is good theater
- a showy, affected, or melodramatic display, situation, etc. thought of as being like a theatrical performance
Origin of theaterMiddle English theatre ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin theatrum ; from Classical Greek theatron ; from base of theasthai, to see, view ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dh?u-, to see from source Classical Greek thauma, miracle
- A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances.
- A room with tiers of seats used for lectures or demonstrations: an operating theater at a medical school.
- a. Dramatic literature or its performance; drama: the theater of Shakespeare and Marlowe.b. The milieu of actors and playwrights.
- a. The quality or effectiveness of a theatrical production: good theater; awful theater.b. Dramatic material or the use of such material: “His summation was a great piece of courtroom theater” (Ron Rosenbaum).
- The audience assembled for a dramatic performance.
- A place that is the setting for dramatic events.
- A large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated: the European theater during World War II.
Origin of theaterMiddle English theatre, from Old French, from Latin theātrum, from Greek theātron, from theāsthai, to watch, from theā, a viewing.
- A place or building, consisting of a stage and seating, in which an audience gathers to watch plays, musical performances, public ceremonies, and so on.
- A region where a particular action takes place; a specific field of action, usually with reference to war.
- His grandfather was in the Pacific theater during the war.
- A lecture theatre.
- (medicine) An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.
- This man is about to die, get him into theater at once!
- (US) A cinema.
- We sat in the back row of the theater and threw popcorn at the screen.
- Drama or performance as a profession or artform.
- I worked in the theater for twenty-five years.