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

  • 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 Elizabethan's hard fate strangely contrasts with the situation of the playgoer of the nineteenth or twentieth century.

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

  • Had Pepys gone at regular intervals, when the theatres were open, he would have been a playgoer at least once a week.

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

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • Both actor and playgoer suffer signal injury from its effects.

  • 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
  • It takes the playgoer a long way back, to be thinking about this old piece and the casts that it has had upon the American stage.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
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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