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dress circle

a circular or curving division of seats in a theater, opera house, etc., usually the first gallery, originally set apart for spectators in evening dress.
Origin of dress circle
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I overheard from a sun-tanned gentleman in the dress circle near whom I sat one useful trifle in the way of criticism.

    The Making Of A Novelist David Christie Murray
  • On the front row in the dress circle was a young man and woman from Waukesha.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • Nearly all the private box, dress circle, and stall ticket-holders arrived in open sleighs, the snow being very thick.

    The Mapleson Memoirs, vol I James H. Mapleson
  • Selkirk on this occasion saw war, as it were from the dress circle.

  • His place was well arranged, and we had tickets stamped a la premiere lunette—to the dress circle.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • Did you see the English ambassador's lady in the dress circle?

  • They want to get into the dress circle, he says, by a lie; that's what they're after!

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • The appearance of the dress circle boxes at the opera is magnificent.

    Over the Ocean Curtis Guild
  • One bar is generally just opposite the entrance to the dress circle, an arrangement which is particularly annoying to ladies.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • We sat as it were in the dress circle, with the orchestra and stage in our front.

British Dictionary definitions for dress circle

dress circle

a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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