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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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