Meaning of “theatrical” in the English Dictionary

"theatrical" in British English

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uk /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/ us /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/

theatrical adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

Theatrical behaviour is not sincere and too extreme and that is intended to attract attention:

a theatrical gesture
noun [ U ] uk /θiˌæt.rɪˈkæl.ə.ti/ us /θiˌæt.rɪˈkæl.ə.t̬i/
adverb uk /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl.i/ us /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl.i/

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

"theatrical" in American English

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us /θiˈæ·trɪ·kəl/

of or relating to the public performance of plays:

theatrical performances

Theatrical also means intended to attract attention, as if acting in a play:

He threw out both arms to greet me in a theatrical gesture.

(Definition of “theatrical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)