theater

If you are sitting in a crowd of people watching actors on a stage, you're probably in a theater. If the performance is projected on a large screen, you're in a movie theater.

The Greek word for theater (theatron) comes from the verb theasthai, meaning “behold.” You are likely to behold a play or a film inside a theater. If you've dedicated your life to theater, you are probably an actor, director or playwright. Remember when you yelled “fire!” in a crowded theater and got arrested? That wasn't funny.

DEFINITIONS OF: theater

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n a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented

Synonyms:
house, theatre
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arena theater, theater in the round
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
cinema, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace
a theater where films are shown
dinner theater, dinner theatre
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
home theater, home theatre
television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
little theater, little theatre
a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre
a theater in which vaudeville is staged
opera, opera house
a building where musical dramas are performed
bioscope
a South African movie theater
fleapit
an old shabby movie theater
multiplex
a movie theater than has several different auditoriums in the same building
Type of:
building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

n the art of writing and producing plays

Synonyms:
dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theatre
Types:
stage
the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')
Type of:
communicating, communication
the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

n a region in which active military operations are in progress

“he served in the Vietnam theater for three years”
Synonyms:
field, field of operations, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operations
Type of:
region
a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth

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