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Meaning of “orchestra” in the English Dictionary

"orchestra" in British English

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orchestranoun

uk   /ˈɔː.kɪ.strə/  us   /ˈɔːr-/
  • orchestra noun (MUSIC)

B1 [C, + sing/pl verb] a ​largegroup of ​musicians who ​play many different ​instruments together and are ​led by a ​conductor: She's a ​cellist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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  • orchestra noun (THEATRE)

the orchestra [S] US (UK the stalls) the ​seats on the ​mainfloor of a ​theatre or ​cinema, not at a ​higherlevel
orchestral
adjective uk   /ɔːˈkes.trəl/  us   /ɔːr-/
B2 an orchestral ​arrangement
(Definition of orchestra from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"orchestra" in American English

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orchestranoun [C]

 us   /ˈɔr·kə·strə, -kes·trə/
a ​largegroup of ​musiciansplaying different ​instruments and usually ​organized to ​play together and ​led by a ​conductor: the New York Philharmonic Orchestra The orchestra of a ​theater is the ​part on the ​mainfloor: We’ve got ​seats in the fifth ​row of the orchestra.
orchestral
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ɔrˈkes·trəl/
an orchestral ​arrangement
(Definition of orchestra from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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