Meaning of “theatre” in the English Dictionary

"theatre" in British English

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UK US theater uk /ˈθɪə.tər/ us /ˈθiː.ə.t̬ɚ/

theatre noun (BUILDING/ROOM)

A2 [ C ] a building, room, or outside structure with rows of seats, each row usually higher than the one in front, from which people can watch a performance or other activity:

the Lyceum Theatre
a lecture theatre

[ C ] UK →  operating theatre

More examples

  • Please exit the theatre by the side doors.
  • I'd far rather go to the theatre than watch a video.
  • All the major theatres now have sponsors, especially for high-cost productions.
  • We had seats in the front row of the theatre.
  • The theatre managed to boost its audiences by cutting ticket prices.

theatre noun (PERFORMING ARTS)

[ S or U ] (the writing or performance of) plays, opera, etc., written to be performed in public:

His latest play has delighted theatre audiences and theatre critics alike.
She made her career in the theatre.

More examples

  • In the 70s he was the enfant terrible of the theatre.
  • He doesn't really know a thing about the theatre - he's just posing!
  • The arts festival is pre-eminently a festival of theatre.
  • She has shunned publicity since she retired from the theatre.
  • There's a lot of straight theatre at the festival as well as the newer, more experimental stuff.

(Definition of “theatre” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)