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dress circle

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of dress circle

First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for dress circle

Historical Examples

  • Others were swarming about the outer row of dress-circle seats.

    Kitty's Conquest

    Charles King

  • The dress-circle forgot its reticence and joined in the tumult of applause.

  • 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

    Michael Arlen

  • At this moment Conn extricated himself from the crowd, and hurried back into the dress-circle.


British Dictionary definitions for dress circle

dress circle

noun
  1. a tier of seats in a theatre or other auditorium, usually the first gallery above the ground floor
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