Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
  2. (noun, communication) the art of writing and producing plays
  3. (noun, location) a region in which active military operations are in progress
    he served in the Vietnam theater for three years

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Theater

  1. late 14c., "open air place in ancient times for viewing spectacles," from O.Fr. theatre (12c.), from L. theatrum, from Gk. theatron "theater," lit. "place for viewing," from theasthai "to behold" (cf. thea "a view," theates "spectator") + -tron, suffix denoting place. Meaning "building where plays are shown" (1570s) was transferr… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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