- the space reserved for the musicians, usually the front part of the main floor (orchestra pit).
- the entire main-floor space for spectators.
- the parquet.
Origin of orchestra
Examples from the Web for orchestra
People scream, the orchestra stops playing, and the stage manager whisks the diva into the wings.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since the arrival of Chorus Master Donald Palumbo, the Met chorus now commands that same level of excellence as the orchestra.
She could no longer go to the orchestra; she was confined to a wheelchair.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Orchestra seats cost $100; mezzanine is $75; and balcony, $50.
The organ itself is part of the show, as it can rise or drop independent of the orchestra pit.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso|Rich Goldstein|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The orchestra played his theme and an army announcer introduced him as the Number One ventriloquist in the world.The Second Voice|Mann Rubin
When the fatal date arrived, the Bey summoned the leader of the orchestra before him.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets|Francis Miltoun
Of his compositions there remain four suites for orchestra, some small pieces for cembalo and some chorale arrangements.Bach|Charles Francis Abdy Williams
The orchestra began to fill up and there was much chattering and noise.Old Fogy|James Huneker
The orchestra (gamelan) consists of wind, string and percussion instruments, the latter being in preponderancy to the other two.
British Dictionary definitions for orchestra
Word Origin for orchestra
Word Origin and History for orchestra
c.1600, "area in an ancient theater for the chorus," from Latin orchestra, from Greek orkhestra, semicircular space where the chorus of dancers performed, with suffix -tra denoting place + orkheisthai "to dance," intensive of erkhesthai "to go, come," from PIE *ergh- "to set in motion, stir up, raise" (cf. Sanskrit rghayati "trembles, rages, raves," rnoti "rises, moves," arnah "welling stream;" Old Persian rasatiy "he comes;" Greek ornynai "to rouse, start;" Latin oriri "to rise," origo "a beginning;" Gothic rinnan, Old English irnan "to flow, run"). In ancient Rome, it referred to the place in the theater reserved for senators and other dignitaries. Meaning "group of musicians performing at a concert, opera, etc." first recorded 1720; "part of theater in front of the stage" is from 1768.
Culture definitions for orchestra
A group of musicians who play together on a variety of instruments, which usually come from all four instrument families — brass, percussion, strings, and woodwinds. A typical symphony orchestra is made up of more than ninety musicians. Most orchestras, unlike chamber music groups, have more than one musician playing each musical part.