WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
the•a•tre  (thēə tər, thēə-), 

    Show Businesstheater.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
the•a•ter or thea•tre /ˈθiətɚ, ˈθitɚ/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Show Business[countable] a building or an outdoor area for plays or motion-picture shows.
  2. [countable] a room with rows of seats, used for lectures, etc.
  3. [uncountable]
    • the theater, drama as a branch of art, esp. as a profession.
    • a particular type, style, or category of this art:Elizabethan theater.
  4. Show Business[uncountable] the quality of dramatic performance:The play is good theater.
  5. [countable] an area of activity, esp. where military operations are under way:the Pacific theater.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

theatre, US theater /ˈθɪətə/ n
  1. a building designed for the performance of plays, operas, etc
  2. a large room or hall, usually with a raised platform and tiered seats for an audience, used for lectures, film shows, etc
  3. Also called: operating theatre a room in a hospital or other medical centre equipped for surgical operations
  4. plays regarded collectively as a form of art
  5. the theatrethe world of actors, theatrical companies, etc
  6. a setting for dramatic or important events
  7. writing that is suitable for dramatic presentation: a good piece of theatre
  8. US Austral NZ
    the usual word for cinema
  9. a major area of military activity
  10. a circular or semicircular open-air building with tiers of seats
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin theātrum, from Greek theatron place for viewing, from theasthai to look at; related to Greek thauma miracle

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