proscenium

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From Latin proscaenium (in front of the scenery), from Ancient Greek προσκήνιον (proskēnion), from πρό (pro, before) + σκηνή (skēnē, scene building).

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proscenium (plural prosceniums or proscenia)

  1. (in a modern theater) The stage area between the curtain and the orchestra.
  2. (in an ancient theater) The stage area immediately in front of the scene building.
  3. (in an ancient theater) The row of columns at the front the scene building, at first directly behind the circular orchestra but later upon a stage.
    • 1936, Roy C. Flickinger, The Greek Theater and Its Drama, 4th edition, page 58
      The front of the scene-building and of the parascenia came to be decorated with a row of columns, the proscenium (πρό, "before"+σκηνή).
  4. A proscenium arch.

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proscenium n (singular definite prosceniet, plural indefinite proscenier)

  1. proscenium

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