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English noun: theater

1. theater (artifact) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented

SamplesThe house was full.

Synonymshouse, theatre

Broader (hypernym)building, edifice

Narrower (hyponym)arena theater, cinema, dinner theater, dinner theatre, home theater, home theatre, little theater, little theatre, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, music hall, opera, opera house, picture palace, theater in the round, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre

Part holonymbox office, circle, dress circle, dressing room, greenroom, orchestra, orchestra pit, parquet, parquet circle, parterre, pit, stage, standing room, theater stage, theatre stage, ticket booth, ticket office, tiered seat

Domain categorydramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre

2. theater (communication) the art of writing and producing plays

Synonymsdramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theatre

Broader (hypernym)communicating, communication

Narrower (hyponym)stage

Part holonymdramatic composition, dramatic work

Domain category membersact, amphitheater, amphitheatre, appear, booking clerk, closed-circuit television, co-star, downstage, dramatic irony, enter, flies, ham, ham it up, house, overact, overplay, place, play, playact, roleplay, seat, star, stooge, support, theater, theatre, ticket agent, underact, underplay, upstage

3. theater (location) a region in which active military operations are in progress

SamplesThe army was in the field awaiting action.
He served in the Vietnam theater for three years.

Synonymsfield, field of operations, theater of operations, theatre, theatre of operations

Broader (hypernym)region

Part holonymcombat area, combat zone

Part meronymtheater of war, theatre of war

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

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