or first-night·er

[ furst-nahy-ter ]
/ ˈfɜrstˈnaɪ tər /


a person who often or usually attends the theater, opera, etc., on opening night.

Words nearby firstnighter

Origin of firstnighter

First recorded in 1880–85; first night + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for first-nighter

  • He was not a "first-nighter," but dropped in to see a new piece whenever he wanted copy for his feuilleton.

  • The stage claimed a great part of my attention about this time, and I became an inveterate "first-nighter" in my holidays.

British Dictionary definitions for first-nighter



a member of an opening night audience, esp one who habitually attends first nights
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