- dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
- artificial or histrionic actions.
- a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
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2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
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Examples from the Web for theatricals
We sat out the first part of the festivities, which were to conclude with theatricals.The First Violin
Last night at the theatre there were theatricals all over the house.The Love Affairs of an Old Maid
At Mrs. Maskleyn's they are mad for charades and theatricals.The Christmas Books
William Makepeace Thackeray
Theatricals are held in a mammoth tent, as there is so far no theatre.Some Reminiscences of old Victoria
We cannot go out in this frightful weather, so we have theatricals.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete
Guy de Maupassant
- dramatic performances and entertainments, esp as given by amateurs
- of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
- exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
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Word Origin and History for theatricals
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