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 Dictionary entry overview: What does theater mean? 

THEATER (noun)
  The noun THEATER has 3 senses:

1. a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
2. the art of writing and producing plays
3. a region in which active military operations are in progress

  Familiarity information: THEATER used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

THEATER (noun)

Sense 1theater [BACK TO TOP]


A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


theater; theatre; house

Context example:

the house was full

Hypernyms ("theater" is a kind of...):

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)

Meronyms (parts of "theater"):

box office; ticket booth; ticket office (the office where tickets of admission are sold)

tiered seat (seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front)

theater stage; theatre stage (a stage in a theater on which actors can perform)

standing room (room for passengers or spectators to stand)

stage (a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience)

parquet circle; parterre (seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies))

parquet (seating on the main floor between the orchestra and the parquet circle)

orchestra pit; pit (lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers)

orchestra (seating on the main floor in a theater)

greenroom (a backstage room in a theater where performers rest or have visitors)

dressing room (a room in which you can change clothes)

circle; dress circle (a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra)

Domain category:

dramatic art; dramatics; dramaturgy; theater; theatre (the art of writing and producing plays)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theater"):

arena theater; theater in the round (a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage)

cinema; movie house; movie theater; movie theatre; picture palace (a theater where films are shown)

dinner theater; dinner theatre (a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission)

home theater; home theatre (television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater)

little theater; little theatre (a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups)

music hall; vaudeville theater; vaudeville theatre (a theater in which vaudeville is staged)

opera; opera house (a building where musical dramas are performed)

Sense 2theater [BACK TO TOP]


The art of writing and producing plays

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


dramatic art; dramaturgy; theatre; theater; dramatics

Hypernyms ("theater" is a kind of...):

communicating; communication (the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information)

Meronyms (parts of "theater"):

dramatic composition; dramatic work (a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.)

Domain member category:

appear (appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.)

star (be the star in a performance)

support (play a subordinate role to (another performer))

co-star (be the co-star in a performance)

ham; ham it up; overact; overplay (exaggerate one's acting)

underact; underplay (act (a role) with great restraint)

upstage (at or toward the rear of the stage)

downstage (at or toward the front of the stage)

enter (come on stage)

stooge (act as the stooge)

act; play; playact; roleplay (perform on a stage or theater)

amphitheater; amphitheatre (a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater))

closed-circuit television (a television system that is not used for broadcasting but is connected by cables to designated monitors (as in a factory or theater))

house; theater; theatre (a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented)

dramatic irony ((theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play)

chain (a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership)

flies ((theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains))

place; seat (a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane))

booking clerk; ticket agent (someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theater"):

stage (the theater as a profession (usually 'the stage'))

Sense 3theater [BACK TO TOP]


A region in which active military operations are in progress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


field of operations; theater of operations; theatre of operations; theater; theatre; field

Context examples:

the army was in the field awaiting action / he served in the Vietnam theater for three years

Hypernyms ("theater" is a kind of...):

region (a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth)

Meronyms (parts of "theater"):

combat area; combat zone (a military area where combat forces operate)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Holonyms ("theater" is a part of...):

theater of war; theatre of war (the entire land, sea, and air area that may become or is directly involved in war operations)

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