orchestra

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin < Ancient Greek ὀρχήστρα (orchēstra) < ὀρχοῦμαι (orchoumai, to dance) (an intensification of ἔρχομαι (erkhomai, to go, come), from Proto-Indo-European *ergh- (to set in motion, stir up, raise)) + suffix *-tra denoting "place".

Noun[edit]

Orchestra of the 18th Century

orchestra (plural orchestras)

  1. (music) A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including some from strings, woodwind, brass and/or percussion; the instruments played by such a group.
  2. A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in Ancient Greek and Hellenistic theatres.
  3. The area in a theatre or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage, sometimes (also) used by other performers.

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Usage notes[edit]

  • In British English, "The orchestra are tuning up" is often used, implying the individual members. In the US, one would almost always hear "The orchestra is tuning up", implying a collective.

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French[edit]

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orchestra

  1. third-person singular past historic of orchestrer

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

orchestra f (plural orchestre)

  1. orchestra
  2. band
  3. orchestra pit

Verb[edit]

orchestra

  1. third-person singular present indicative of orchestrare
  2. second-person singular imperative of orchestrare

Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

orchēstra f (genitive orchēstrae); first declension

  1. orchestra (area in front of a stage)

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative orchēstra orchēstrae
genitive orchēstrae orchēstrārum
dative orchēstrae orchēstrīs
accusative orchēstram orchēstrās
ablative orchēstrā orchēstrīs
vocative orchēstra orchēstrae

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

orchestra f (singular, nominative/accusative, definite form of orchestră)

  1. the orchestra