Origin of theater
Synonyms for theater
Related Words for theatretroupe, theater, drama, histrionics, dramatics, dramaturgy, footlights, theatrics
Examples from the Web for theatre
Contemporary Examples of theatre
She reportedly studied French and Italian at Oxford before attending the prestigious Jacques Lecoq school of theatre in Paris.Benedict Cumberbatch Announces Engagement in The Times
November 5, 2014
War of the Worlds (1953) I snuck into a theatre with my older brother to see this one.Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies
October 30, 2014
I was really happy that the Theatre Wing approved that idea.Oscars Host Neil Patrick Harris on His Best and Worst Emcee Moments (VIDEO)
Neil Patrick Harris
October 15, 2014
This prompted a lengthy discussion of optics and theatre among the panelists.Todd Brings Goatee and Game to MTP Debut
September 7, 2014
But they also reveal a waspish, bitter man frequently disillusioned with film and theatre.The Concealed Genius of Alec Guinness
June 12, 2014
Historical Examples of theatre
You have never been to the theatre, you say, and yet you disapprove of it.
I don't like deceiving my mother; but I should not like to pain her by saying I have been to the theatre.
None the less, the theatre was half empty when Theodora was given.Handel
Edward J. Dent
He left the theatre in an exalted mood in which he had little thought for the realities.
He sat back in his chair while she went to prepare for the theatre.
- a building designed for the performance of plays, operas, etc
- (as modifier)a theatre ticket
- (in combination)a theatregoer
Word Origin for theatre
late 14c., "open air place in ancient times for viewing spectacles," from Old French theatre (12c.), from Latin theatrum, from Greek theatron "theater," literally "place for viewing," from theasthai "to behold" (cf. thea "a view," theates "spectator") + -tron, suffix denoting place. Meaning "building where plays are shown" (1570s) was transferred to that of "plays, writing, production, the stage" (1660s). Spelling with -re prevailed in Britain after c.1700, but American English retained or revived the older spelling in -er. Generic sense of "place of action" is from 1580s; especially "region where war is being fought" (1914).
The Theatre of the Absurd strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought. [M. Esslin, "Theatre of the Absurd," 1961]