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theatre or (US) theater (ˈθɪətə)
 
n
1.  a.  a building designed for the performance of plays, operas, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a theatre ticket
 c.  (in combination): a theatregoer
2.  a large room or hall, usually with a raised platform and tiered seats for an audience, used for lectures, film shows, etc
3.  Also called: operating theatre a room in a hospital or other medical centre equipped for surgical operations
4.  plays regarded collectively as a form of art
5.  the theatre the world of actors, theatrical companies, etc: the glamour of the theatre
6.  a setting for dramatic or important events
7.  writing that is suitable for dramatic presentation: a good piece of theatre
8.  (US), (Austral), (NZ) the usual word for cinema
9.  a major area of military activity: the theatre of operations
10.  a circular or semicircular open-air building with tiers of seats
 
[C14: from Latin theātrum, from Greek theatron place for viewing, from theasthai to look at; related to Greek thauma miracle]
 
theater or (US) theater
 
n
 
[C14: from Latin theātrum, from Greek theatron place for viewing, from theasthai to look at; related to Greek thauma miracle]

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theatre
British spelling of theater (q.v.); for suffix, see -re.
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Bible Dictionary

Theatre definition


only mentioned in Acts 19:29, 31. The ruins of this theatre at Ephesus still exist, and they show that it was a magnificent structure, capable of accommodating some 56,700 persons. It was the largest structure of the kind that ever existed. Theatres, as places of amusement, were unknown to the Jews.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
In the theatre to do so is often the height of folly.
If only every theatre held its patrons to this standard.
Understandably, many in conventional theatre didn't much care for her either.
They set up a temporary theatre under a bridge with bamboo sticks.
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