Meaning of “theatrical” in the English Dictionary

"theatrical" in British English

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theatricaladjective

uk /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/ us /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/

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

"theatrical" in American English

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theatricaladjective

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)