[ thee-a-tri-kuhl ]
/ θiˈæ trɪ kəl /

adjective Also the·at·ric.

of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances.
suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.


  1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
  2. artificial or histrionic actions.
a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.

Origin of theatrical

1550–60; < Late Latin theātric(us) < Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos -ic + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for theatrical

/ (θɪˈætrɪkəl) /


of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic

Derived forms of theatrical

theatricality or theatricalness, nountheatrically, adverb
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