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[proh-see-nee-uh m, pruh-] /proʊˈsi ni əm, prə-/
noun, plural proscenia
[proh-see-nee-uh, pruh-] /proʊˈsi ni ə, prə-/ (Show IPA).
Also called proscenium arch. the arch that separates a stage from the auditorium.
Abbreviation: pros.
(formerly) the apron or, especially in ancient theater, the stage itself.
Origin of proscenium
1600-10; < Latin proscēnium, proscaenium < Greek proskḗnion entrance to a tent, porch, stage (Late Greek: stage curtain), equivalent to pro- pro-2 + skēn() (see scene) + -ion neuter noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proscenium
  • Its track record in proscenium theaters remains mixed.
  • Diagonal view of orchestra, proscenium and stage, curtains open.
  • The stage must have a sprinkler system, standpipes, and a proscenium wall.
  • The low, wide format with its strongly angled walls is the proscenium for this cast of historical actors.
  • Significant interior features include stamped tin ceilings, the stage and proscenium.
  • Also, if one day soon it no longer makes sense to continue to do performances on a proscenium stage, we'll stop.
  • Hose connections on stages are to be on the audience side of the proscenium curtain.
  • The main auditorium has a balcony with a proscenium stage opposite the lobby.
  • Incorporated into the gymnasium is also a proscenium arch and stage.
  • In addition, the stage will undergo a complete renovation, adding a proscenium and footlights.
British Dictionary definitions for proscenium


noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
(in ancient theatres) the stage itself
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro- before + skēnē scene
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Word Origin and History for proscenium

c.1600, "stage of an ancient theater," from Latin proscaenium, from Greek proskenion "the space in front of the scenery," also "entrance of a tent," from pro "in front" (see pro-) + skene "stage, tent, booth" (see scene). Modern sense of "space between the curtain and the orchestra" is attested from 1807.

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