theatre

[ thee-uh-ter, theeuh- ]
/ ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə- /

noun

Definition for theatre (2 of 2)

theater

or the·a·tre

[ thee-uh-ter, theeuh- ]
/ ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə- /

noun

Origin of theater

1325–75; Middle English theatre < Latin theātrum < Greek théātron seeing place, theater, equivalent to theā-, stem of theâsthai to view + -tron suffix denoting means or place
Related formsnon·the·a·ter, adjectivepre·the·a·ter, adjective

Pronunciation note

Theater, an early Middle English borrowing from French, originally had its primary stress on the second syllable: [French tey-ah-truh] /French teɪˈɑ trə/. As with many early French borrowings ( beauty, carriage, marriage ), the stress moved to the first syllable, in conformity with a common English pattern of stress, and this pattern remains the standard one for theater today: [thee-uh-ter, theeuh-] /ˈθi ə tər, ˈθiə-/. A pronunciation with stress on the second syllable and the [ey] /eɪ/ vowel: [thee-ey-ter] /θiˈeɪ tər/ or sometimes [thee-ey-ter] /ˈθiˌeɪ tər/ is characteristic chiefly of uneducated speech.
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theatre

US theater

/ (ˈθɪətə) /

noun

Word Origin for theatre

C14: from Latin theātrum, from Greek theatron place for viewing, from theasthai to look at; related to Greek thauma miracle
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