Theater meaning

thēə-tər
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.

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A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances.
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A room with tiers of seats used for lectures or demonstrations.

An operating theater at a medical school.

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A large geographic area in which military operations are coordinated.

The European theater during World War II.

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A place where plays, operas, films, etc. are presented; esp., a building or outdoor structure expressly designed for such presentations.
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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.
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A lecture theatre.
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The audience assembled for a dramatic performance.
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A place that is the setting for dramatic events.
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Any place resembling a theater, esp. a lecture hall, surgical clinic, etc., having the floor of the seating space raked.
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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.

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Theatrical technique, production, etc. with reference to its effectiveness.

A play that is good theater.

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A showy, affected, or melodramatic display, situation, etc. thought of as being like a theatrical performance.
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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.

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(medicine) An operating theatre or locale for human experimentation.

This man is about to die, get him into theater at once!

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(US) A cinema.

We sat in the back row of the theater and threw popcorn at the screen.

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Drama or performance as a profession or artform.

I worked in the theater for twenty-five years.

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Origin of theater

  • Middle English theatre from Old French from Latin theātrum from Greek theātron from theāsthai to watch from theā a viewing

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English theater, theatre, from Old French theatre, from Latin theatrum, from Ancient Greek θέατρον (théatron, “a place for viewing"), from θεάομαι (theáomai, “to see", "to watch", "to observe").

    From Wiktionary