- having to do with the theater, the drama, a play, actors, etc.
- characteristic of the theater; dramatic; esp. (in disparagement), melodramatic, histrionic, showy, or affected
- designating or of a film, usually a feature (noun), produced for first exhibition in a commercial theater as distinguished from one made for showing first on TV, as home video, etc.
Origin of theatricalfrom Late Latin theatricus ( from Classical Greek theatrikos) + -al