proscenium arch


[proh-see-nee-uhm, pruh-]
noun, plural proscenia [proh-see-nee-uh, pruh-] . Theater.
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.

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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proscenium (prəˈsiːnɪəm)
n , pl -nia, -niums
1.  the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
2.  (in ancient theatres) the stage itself
[C17: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro- before + skēnē scene]

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Word Origin & History

1606, "stage of an ancient theater," from L. proscaenium, from Gk. proskenion "the space in front of the scenery," also "entrance of a tent," from pro "in front" + skene "stage, tent, booth." Modern sense of "space between the curtain and the orchestra" is attested from 1807.
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