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[proh-see-nee-uh m, pruh-] /proʊˈsi ni əm, prə-/
noun, plural proscenia
[proh-see-nee-uh, pruh-] /proʊˈsi ni ə, prə-/ (Show IPA).
Also called proscenium arch. the arch that separates a stage from the auditorium.
Abbreviation: pros.
(formerly) the apron or, especially in ancient theater, the stage itself.
Origin of proscenium
1600-10; < Latin proscēnium, proscaenium < Greek proskḗnion entrance to a tent, porch, stage (Late Greek: stage curtain), equivalent to pro- pro-2 + skēn(ḗ) (see scene) + -ion neuter noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for proscenium
Historical Examples
  • Anyway, I'm going to propose, him for the Stuyvesant and the proscenium.

    The Younger Set Robert W. Chambers
  • The chief feat however is not yet performed, that which is to be acted in front of the proscenium!

  • The proscenium Arch is the arch or frame extending around the front of the stage of a theatre.

    The Boy Craftsman A. Neely Hall
British Dictionary definitions for proscenium


noun (pl) -nia (-nɪə), -niums
the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch
(in ancient theatres) the stage itself
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro- before + skēnē scene
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for proscenium

c.1600, "stage of an ancient theater," from Latin proscaenium, from Greek proskenion "the space in front of the scenery," also "entrance of a tent," from pro "in front" (see pro-) + skene "stage, tent, booth" (see scene). Modern sense of "space between the curtain and the orchestra" is attested from 1807.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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