[ proh-see-nee-uhm, pruh- ]
See synonyms for proscenium on
noun,plural pro·sce·ni·a [proh-see-nee-uh, pruh-]. /proʊˈsi ni ə, prə-/. Theater.
  1. Also called proscenium arch . the arch that separates a stage from the auditorium. Abbreviation: pros.

  2. (formerly) the apron or, especially in ancient theater, the stage itself.

Origin of proscenium

1600–10; <Latin proscēnium, proscaenium<Greek proskḗnion entrance to a tent, porch, stage (Late Greek: stage curtain), equivalent to pro-pro-2 + skēn() (see scene) + -ion neuter noun suffix

Words Nearby proscenium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use proscenium in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proscenium


/ (prəˈsiːnɪəm) /

nounplural -nia (-nɪə) or -niums
  1. the arch or opening separating the stage from the auditorium together with the area immediately in front of the arch

  2. (in ancient theatres) the stage itself

Origin of proscenium

C17: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro- before + skēnē scene

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012