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[thee-uh-ter, theeuh -] /ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-/
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  • 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.
  • The festival will feature three stages that will incorporate music, folklore, theatre and other performing arts.
  • Because of this, the theatre was often examined by the government.
  • Our art center is wonderful, having many local artists including our live theatre downtown.
  • These log mansions come complete with home theatre and lakeside exercise room.
  • Generals from rich countries know that their treatment of civilians in the theatre of war comes under ever closer scrutiny.
  • Symphony, opera, theatre are all extremely high quality.
British Dictionary definitions for theatre


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

chiefly British English spelling of theater (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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theatre in the Bible

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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