1a building or outdoor area in which plays and other dramatic performances are given. [mass noun]
(often the theatre
) the activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing, or writing plays:what made you want to go into the theatre?
[mass noun] a play or other activity or presentation considered in terms of its dramatic quality:this is intense, moving, and inspiring theatre
chiefly North American
& West Indian a cinema.
2 (also lecture theatre) a room or hall for lectures with seats in tiers. British an operating theatre: respiratory function is carefully controlled and monitored throughout the patient’s stay in theatre [as modifier]:the theatre nurse
3the area in which something happens:a new theatre of war has been opened up [as modifier] denoting weapons intermediate between tactical and strategic:he was working on theatre defence missiles