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[pley-goh-er] /ˈpleɪˌgoʊ ər/
a person who attends the theater often or habitually.
Origin of playgoer
First recorded in 1815-25; play + goer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That was a splendid time for the so-called "country" playgoer.

    Ellen Terry and Her Sisters T. Edgar Pemberton
  • These are the things playgoers—and who is not a playgoer these days?

  • The Elizabethan playgoer had no desire to bias the judgment of the dramatist.

  • The opposition is the firm and narrow mind of the British playgoer.

    Plays, Acting and Music Arthur Symons
  • He discovered that he had quite a number of startling ideas about theatre-construction, based on his own experience as a playgoer.

    The Regent E. Arnold Bennett
  • The Dowager Lady Randolph watched the young household with something of the interest with which a playgoer watches the stage.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • The original text contains both “playgoer” and “play-goer” and contains both “Guistinian” and “Giustinian.”

  • Half-price was an institution of old date, however, and by no means without advantage to the playgoer.

    A Book of the Play Dutton Cook
  • Regret soon ceases on finding that I am among old friends acting a story more or less familiar to every playgoer.

  • At first sight it would seem that the Elizabethan playgoer's lot was anything but happy.

British Dictionary definitions for playgoer


a person who goes to theatre performances, esp frequently
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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