Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “theatrical”

theatrical

adjective (BEHAVIOUR)    /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/
describes behaviour that is not sincere and too extreme and that is intended to attract attention: a theatrical gestureAffected and insincere theatricality     /θiˌæt.rɪˈkæl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ noun [U] Affected and insincereTheatre - general words theatrically     /-i/ adverb Affected and insincere
(Definition of theatrical adjective (BEHAVIOUR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of theatrical

More definitions for “theatrical”

Definitions of “theatrical” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

friendship

a situation in which two people are friends

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More