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One entry found for theater.
Main Entry: the·ater
Variant(s): or the·atre /primarystressthemacron-schwat-schwar, primarystressthi-schwat-/
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English theatre "outdoor structure for watching public performances (in ancient Greece and Rome)," from early French theatre (same meaning), from Latin theatrum (same meaning), from Greek theatron, literally "a place for viewing," from theasthai "to view," from thea "action of seeing, sight, view" --related to THEORY
1 : a building or area for dramatic performances or for showing movies
2 : a place like a theater; especially : a room often with rising rows of seats (as for a lecture)
3 : a place of significant events or action <a theater of war>
4 : plays or the performance of plays <a course in American theater>

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