1. [ noun ] (performing arts) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
Synonyms: house theatre

"the house was full"

Related terms: building cinema music_hall home_theater little_theater dinner_theater opera arena_theater odeum stage dressing_room orchestra greenroom theater_stage standing_room orchestra_pit circle box_office parquet_circle tiered_seats parquet dramaturgy
2. [ noun ] (theater) the art of writing and producing plays
Synonyms: theatre dramatic_art dramatics dramaturgy
Related terms: communication stage dramatic_composition seat support enter appear chain act dramatic_irony co-star ticket_agent underact overact stooge closed-circuit_television amphitheater star downstage flies upstage
3. [ noun ] (military) a region in which active military operations are in progress
Synonyms: field theatre theater_of_operations theatre_of_operations field_of_operations

"the army was in the field awaiting action" "he served in the Vietnam theater for three years"

Related terms: region theater_of_war combat_zone military
Similar spelling:   theatre