theatre

Definitions

General English

Media Studies

  • noun a building, room or other setting where plays are put on for an audience
  • noun the industry of preparing for and putting on plays

Military

  • noun an area in which operations are being carried out

Travel

  • noun a building in which plays and shows are performed

Origin & History of “theatre”

A theatre is etymologically a place for ‘looking at’ something. The word comes via Old French theatre and Latin theātrum from Greek théātron. this was derived from the verb theā́sthai ‘watch, look at’, whose base thea- also produced English theory. It was first used in English for the open-air amphitheatres of the ancient world; its application to contemporary playhouses dates from the end of the 16th century.
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