- 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
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Examples from the Web for dress circle
Others were swarming about the outer row of dress-circle seats.Kitty's Conquest
The dress-circle forgot its reticence and joined in the tumult of applause.Delsarte System of Oratory
In the Boxes and Dress-circle are friends and relations of the Author.
It sounds so odd—anyway, I breathe again when I think that I might have missed a perfect thing by sitting in the dress-circle.The Romantic Lady
At this moment Conn extricated himself from the crowd, and hurried back into the dress-circle.Burning of the Brooklyn Theatre
- a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor
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