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dress circle

a circular or curving division of seats in a theater, opera house, etc., usually the first gallery, originally set apart for spectators in evening dress.
Origin of dress circle
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I am interested in the drama, if serious, and two or three times every month I should take Eliza to the dress-circle.

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • In the Boxes and dress-circle are friends and relations of the Author.

  • He would sit forward in the front row of the dress-circle with his cheek on his hand and his brow slightly knit.

  • It sounds so odd—anyway, I breathe again when I think that I might have missed a perfect thing by sitting in the dress-circle.

    The Romantic Lady Michael Arlen
  • The stalls took care to look suitably contumelious, and the dress-circle were in proper sympathy with the stalls.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • He'd feel considerably more comfortable in escorting Gertrude to parties if she ranked higher in the dress-circle.

  • The dress-circle forgot its reticence and joined in the tumult of applause.

  • Love in Babylon was to begin at the honourable hour of ten-forty in future, for the benefit of the stalls and the dress-circle.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • There was a spatter of insincere applause from the stalls, echoed in the dress-circle.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • They turned it into a playhouse, by remodelling its gallery into a dress-circle and balcony and adding another gallery above.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for dress-circle

dress circle

a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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