from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The area of a modern theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra.
  • n. The stage of an ancient theater, located between the background and the orchestra.
  • n. A proscenium arch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stage area between the curtain and the orchestra.
  • n. The stage area immediately in front of the scene building.
  • n. The row of columns at the front the scene building, at first directly behind the circular orchestra but later upon a stage.
  • n. A proscenium arch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The part where the actors performed; the stage.
  • n. The part of the stage in front of the curtain; sometimes, the curtain and its framework.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In the ancient theater, the stage before the scene or back wall.
  • n. In the modern theater, that part of the house which lies between the curtain or drop-scene and the orchestra: often used also to mean the curtain and the arch or framework which holds it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
  • n. the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater


Latin proscēnium, from Greek proskēnion : pro-, before; see pro-2 + skēnē, buildings at the back of the stage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proscaenium ("in front of the scenery"), from Ancient Greek προσκήνιον (proskēnion), from πρό (pro, "before") + σκηνή (skēnē, "scene building"). (Wiktionary)



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