Definition of theater in English:

theater

(also theatre)

noun

  • 1A building or outdoor area in which plays and other dramatic performances are given.

    • ‘The exhibitions are complemented by concerts and theatrical performances in the state-of-the-art theater.’
    • ‘Romania has many radio stations, television stations, live theaters, opera houses, cabarets, and entertainment establishments.’
    • ‘Behind the main building, the octagonal theatre has also been remodelled to create a tranquil, communal garden.’
    • ‘Performances increasingly moved to theatres with proscenium arches, so the audience now viewed the dancers from the front, though no two spectators would have an identical view.’
    • ‘Children were forced to wear their winter coats through a Christmas pantomime performance when a Southend theatre's heating system broke down.’
    • ‘Later, he had decided to relax by venturing to the theater to see William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.’
    • ‘Catalans enjoy going to opera houses, theaters, and museums in Barcelona and other cities.’
    • ‘This building was a theatre, teeming with life - actors, audience, staff.’
    • ‘I always keep that in mind, even when going to the theatre for a performance.’
    • ‘The Union is actually becoming one of the very best little fringe theatres in London.’
    • ‘The newspaper asked a number of actors and directors why plays by Friedrich Schiller were no longer performed in German theatres.’
    • ‘He admitted that there was a long way to go to make it a first-class theatre for dramatic works.’
    • ‘Most performances take place in theaters, usually in urban areas.’
    • ‘Maggie was too young to notice such things and was excited about meeting a lady who sang in theaters and opera houses.’
    • ‘The next performance at the theatre is Alan Ayckbourn's ‘Relatively Speaking’.’
    • ‘The building is old and handsome, containing a bistro type restaurant, a theatre and other performance spaces, and at least four galleries.’
    • ‘A landmark cultural building, either a theatre or an opera house, according to Coyne, will act as a focal point for the area.’
    • ‘But don't expect to see the results in opera houses or theaters any time soon.’
    • ‘Acrobatic performances take place in the open theatre behind the building.’
    • ‘I first saw James Brown in 1962 at an outdoor theatre in San Diego and it was electrifying.’
    • ‘This show, which includes many new songs, toured the country to much acclaim last summer with sell-out performances in various theatres.’
    playhouse, auditorium, amphitheatre, hippodrome, coliseum
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    1. 1.1The activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing, or writing plays.
      ‘what made you want to go into the theater?’
      • ‘He had the experience of writing for theatre in his early career.’
      • ‘Some useful notions about theatre, past and present, suggest that it can operate in this way.’
      • ‘I don't think in terms of film; I think in terms of live theater.’
      • ‘After a spell in the theatre, he directed the TV mini-series ‘The Buddha of Suburbia’, and the films ‘Notting Hill’ and ‘The Mother’.’
      • ‘Even though film and television are more lucrative in terms of remuneration, theatre offers a true spiritual experience.’
      • ‘It also gave him a valuable insight into the world of theatre and inspired him to develop his childhood talents.’
      • ‘I had never done any acting or theatre in school or college.’
      • ‘It's essential reading for anyone who cares about theater or writing.’
      • ‘It was a happy coincidence that Brecht's theory of alienation was inspired by folk tales and folk theatre, which relied a lot on story-telling.’
      • ‘The idea is to turn the focus onto the fundamentals of theatre, including acting.’
      • ‘It combines elements of mime, dance, theatre, puppetry and text.’
      • ‘I was in Japan last year and was fascinated by the theatre there - it's so different from western theatre.’
      • ‘After graduating, Grant dabbled briefly in advertising but plugged away at an acting career in regional theatre.’
      • ‘Cinema, which borrows heavily from theatre in terms of choreography, has a few distinct features of its own that can be exploited.’
      • ‘He is known for his non-conformist attitude in every field in which he has proven himself, be it politics, theatre or the legal profession.’
      • ‘He then began to move more decisively toward theatre, drawn to directing by the opportunity to interpret other people's words.’
      • ‘‘She told me that it was the role of theatre to present life and to put theatre back in touch with reality,’ says Mackenney.’
      • ‘Lively conversation and anecdotes will abound as the duo discuss the art of writing for theatre.’
      • ‘His growing literary interest led to his writing on theatre.’
      • ‘Since then he has attended the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts, and has been involved in all aspects of theatre including writing, acting and producing.’
    2. 1.2A play or other activity or presentation considered in terms of its dramatic quality.
      ‘this is intense, moving, and inspiring theater’
      • ‘This kind of theatre is what is meant by the term ‘edgy’ - fresh, in-your-face, a little disconcerting.’
      • ‘The award recognises the company's well-deserved reputation for high-quality theatre by people with learning difficulties.’
      • ‘‘It was really interesting in terms of trying to translate that experience into theatre,’ Eatough says.’
      • ‘It has an unrivalled reputation for producing contemporary theatre of the highest quality, invention and energy, and for its dedication to new writing.’
      • ‘The production promises to live up to the group's current high standard of theatre, kicking off another packed year of top-quality shows.’
      • ‘The enthusiasts' tactics include presenting science as theatre, magic tricks and fantasy.’
      • ‘It was a great opportunity for children to experience live, quality theatre with all the magic and excitement.’
      • ‘They have acquired such a reputation for quality theatre that their shows are always a date for the calendar.’
      • ‘Then, in 1985, he formed a theatre company with the aim of producing quality professional theatre for young people.’
      • ‘You couldn't get a better experience in terms of theatre.’
      • ‘This production has been handled very well by the director, cast and crew and is bound to delight fans of good-quality community theatre.’
      • ‘The festival also attempts to improve the quality of college theatre.’
      • ‘Peter Doran said it proved it was possible to provide quality theatre in remote regions like Pembrokeshire.’
      • ‘Simone's best songs had the dramatic breadth of musical theater.’
    3. 1.3North American, West Indian A movie theater.
      • ‘Although I don't advocate moving from one theater to the next to see a movie you haven't paid for, I'm not against sneaking in a few outside snacks.’
      • ‘The scene around the East Village theater earlier this evening was ecstatic.’
      • ‘Only yesterday, the last drive-in theater closed in Vancouver.’
      • ‘Sitting in a regular multiplex theater for more than two hours becomes uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Everything changed in 1962 when I wandered into a double bill of Alain Resnais movies at a Boston art theater.’
      • ‘Indies can't make 5000 prints of one film, and send them to every theater that wants to show it.’
      • ‘Star Wars seemed to be playing in every single theater.’
      • ‘If you really want to give them a treat, take them to a movie at an IMAX theater.’
      • ‘They designed multiplex theaters that had smaller seating capacities but which retained the bigger screens that distinguished the moviegoing experience.’
      • ‘Only one theater in the country (in New York City) agreed to screen ‘Winter Soldier’ when it was released in 1972.’
    4. 1.4A room or hall for lectures, etc., with seats in tiers.
      • ‘Work is due to start in April on the three-storey school, which will include a lecture theatre, IT rooms, restaurants and sports facilities.’
      • ‘I was sitting in my usual seat in the fourth row of the lecture theatre beside one of my other closest friends, Natalie, or Tally, as I liked to call her.’
      • ‘Were the women the subject of any adverse comments about their presence in the lecture theatre or classroom?’
      • ‘Further work will include a refurbished lecture theatre and new executive suite.’
      • ‘The accommodation is rather basic and although they already have a lecture theatre, smaller conference rooms are needed.’
      • ‘Each day there will be exciting demonstrations, interactive workshops and fascinating talks in the lecture theatre, featuring new ideas and inspirational hints and tips from top experts.’
      • ‘More than 100 people packed a lecture theatre at the Steam Museum to hear the MPs underline their commitment to the war and listen to the views of their constituents.’
      • ‘As her eyes scanned the chemistry lecture theatre her attention was drawn to the strapping, sporty-looking student at the other side of the room.’
      • ‘Sometimes, when I had to be content with a seat at the back of the lecture theatre, I used a pair of opera glasses to get at least a glimpse of the speaker.’
      • ‘We are often cramped in a small lecture theatre with not enough seats and people sprawled on the stairs.’
      • ‘This month, people will have the chance to watch the final cut at two showings at 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm in the lecture theatre.’
      • ‘When was the last time a boy held a door open for me coming out of a lecture theatre?’
      • ‘It has an air-conditioned, tiered lecture theatre, a conference room for 270 and a large number of seminar rooms.’
      • ‘The centre has a 150-seat state-of-the-art lecture theatre, an education suite and, of course, a restaurant and gift shop.’
      • ‘The grant, which comes from Government money, would go towards work to build a new lecture theatre and improve disabled access and toilet facilities.’
      • ‘Soon the protestors moved in to fill the lobby outside the lecture theatre.’
      • ‘Sitting in an overcrowded lecture theatre, I noticed students from the same school as Anna entering.’
      • ‘This evening Mick spoke to a packed lecture theatre at Victoria University's Architecture School in Wellington.’
      • ‘For a moment, it feels as if I'm back in a university lecture theatre.’
      • ‘He made the infants' room look like a lecture theatre, with children as young as three sitting on tiers in a gallery.’
    5. 1.5The area in which something happens.
      ‘a new theater of war has been opened up’
      • ‘In the European theatre of war, 5,556 war criminals were tried, the majority in France, America, and the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘He saw action in many theatres and was awarded Operational Service Medals for Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq.’
      • ‘During World War II, Soper was sent to the Mediterranean theater of operations as part of the U.S.A. Typhus Commission.’
      • ‘This has obvious effects on attempts to transport armies or other land forces by sea into distant theatres of operations.’
      • ‘Italy, which had wanted to withdraw from the fighting, now became a theatre of war.’
      • ‘The question has to be asked, however, what parents were doing allowing their children to be in harm's way in the middle of a bloody theatre of war.’
      • ‘These divisions were deployed by the army in various operational theatres and fully integrated into its command structure.’
      • ‘More than two million of these were Americans bound for the European theatre of war.’
      • ‘The main theatre of war was in the Crimea, where British, French and Turkish troops landed and laid siege to the port of Sebastopol.’
      • ‘Two soldiers from 2 Para were flown home during the investigation and the other four remained in Kabul but were removed from the theatre of operation.’
      • ‘She has served in very many operational theatres.’
      • ‘The theatre of war looms large in France's film culture and this First World War prison drama, based on a true story, was long hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.’
      • ‘It is accepted that no such training can wholly reproduce the conditions of patrolling a hostile area, much less wholly reproduce the experience of a theatre of war or of combat itself.’
      • ‘Now, the big question is how do they extricate themselves from a theatre of war that daily looks more like a slaughterhouse?’
      • ‘Successive governments denied that the region had been a theatre of war: pressure from veterans has forced recantation.’
      • ‘This was to turn the Middle East into an important theatre of war.’
      • ‘It removed bungling amateurs from the theatre of war.’
      • ‘Having proved that she is more than capable of working in an operational theatre, HMS Echo is now beginning to demonstrate her true capabilities and value to the Fleet.’
      • ‘As the theatre of war moved south, so did the smallpox, primarily affecting civilians, camp followers, and irregular troops in both armies.’
      • ‘On the point of losing everything to the rebels, the king's triumphant emergence in the theater of war helps push back the enemy and offers a possibility of victory.’
      • ‘Fifteen months later, he was commanding a theater of war.’
      • ‘He was later posted to the Pacific theatre of war, in charge of a mobile radar unit.’
      • ‘To compound the woes of the invading forces, with every passing day weather conditions in the theatre of war will grow increasingly worse.’
      • ‘This allows for the rapid deployment of troops around the world, no matter where the next theater of war develops.’
      • ‘This theatre of war alone devoured 30,000 Soviet lives.’
      • ‘This turned a diversionary skirmish into the main theatre of war.’
      • ‘Russia replied by opening up a new theatre of war in the Balkans.’
      • ‘The badges will be presented to surviving members from either of the two wars, who served in operational theatres of war.’
    6. 1.6[as modifier]Denoting weapons for use in a particular region between tactical and strategic.
      ‘he was working on theater defense missiles’
      • ‘The Russian proposal was made in response to U.S. national missile defense plans including the U.S. and Japanese theater missile defense concept.’
      • ‘These capabilities include both mine warfare and other coastal combat forces, and sea-based theater missile defence.’
      • ‘Japan is taking a rather supportive stance because it is engaged in joint research with the U.S. to develop a theater missile defense system.’
      • ‘The North Korean threat is a key justification for U.S. military spending, the presence of U.S. troops in Asia and a new theatre missile defence system.’
      • ‘For one thing, if the North cancels its missile plans, the U.S. will lose a main justification for building the theater missile defense system Beijing opposes so strongly.’
      • ‘The program was to provide allies, such as Japan and South Korea, with so-called theater missile defense capability.’
      • ‘We already have theater missile systems that are working.’
      • ‘These include theater missile defense systems to protect troops and bases in relatively small regions of conflicts.’
      • ‘Rice was suggesting Japan and the U.S. step up cooperation on joint research on the theater missile defense system.’
      • ‘In the wake of the Rome Declaration, a special working group on theater missile defense was set up.’
      • ‘The Russians had rattled sabers throughout 1983, trying to stop NATO's theater missile deployment.’
      • ‘In any event, as a result of the bureaucratic ploys and the increased capability of theater missiles, the lines between the two programs have blurred.’
      • ‘They would protect the country's navy in the first instance but would also offer a potential platform for theatre missile defence linked to a strategic defence system.’
      • ‘China has also been critical of the planned theater missile defense system to be jointly researched by Japan and the U.S.’
      • ‘He stressed he was not planning to discuss high-level issues such as the U.S. plan to deploy a theater missile defense system.’
      • ‘But it is not a tactical and theater missile threat that has formed the focus of National Missile Defense.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally as theatre), from Old French, or from Latin theatrum, from Greek theatron, from theasthai behold.

Pronunciation:

theater

/ˈTHēədər/