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the theater

[ thee-uh-ter, theeuh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF the theater

Synonyms for the theater

  • entertainment industry
  • movie industry
  • show biz
  • Broadway
  • Hollywood
  • TV industry
  • footlights
  • motion picture industry
  • television industry
  • the boards
  • the bright lights
  • the footlights
  • the stage
  • theater
  • theater world
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WORD ORIGIN

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).

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