noun

  • A box at the side of a theatre, typically affording its occupants the opportunity to see and be seen by the rest of the audience, and often affording only a limited view of the stage itself.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Nathaniel Lee (d. 1692), playwright and poet. From side + box.

Pronunciation

side-box

/ˈsʌɪdbɒks/