Dress circle
Dress circle Dress circle A gallery or balcony in a theater, generally the first above the floor, in which originally dress clothes were customarily worn. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Dress circle — Circle Cir cle (s[ e]r k l), n. [OE. cercle, F. cercle, fr. L. circulus (Whence also AS. circul), dim. of circus circle, akin to Gr. kri kos, ki rkos, circle, ring. Cf. {Circus}, {Circum }.] [1913 Webster] 1. A plane figure, bounded by a single… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dress circle — n. a section of seats in a theater or concert hall, usually a tier partly encircling and above the orchestra: formal dress was formerly customary there …   English World dictionary

  • dress circle — dress .circle n BrE the lowest of the curved rows of seats upstairs in a theatre American Equivalent: first balcony …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dress circle — dress ,circle noun count the seats in the front part of the upper floor in a theater. The whole of the upper floor is often called the mezzanine and the lower floor is called the orchestra …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dress circle — ► NOUN ▪ the first level of seats above the ground floor in a theatre …   English terms dictionary

  • dress circle — noun a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra they had excellent seats in the dress circle • Syn: ↑circle • Hypernyms: ↑seating, ↑seats, ↑seating room, ↑seating area …   Useful english dictionary

  • dress circle — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms dress circle : singular dress circle plural dress circles theatre the seats in the front part of the upper floor in a theatre. The whole of the upper floor is called the circle and the lower floor is the stalls …   English dictionary

  • Dress Circle —    In the 1890s, when theatre began to sound almost as respectable as opera house, and when fixed seating replaced chairs on the auditorium floor, the term dress circle began to supplant parquette to designate the section on the main floor behind …   The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater

  • dress circle — N SING The dress circle is the lowest of the curved rows of seats upstairs in a theatre …   English dictionary

  • dress circle — dress′ cir′cle n. sbz a curving division of seats in a theater, opera house, etc., usu. the first gallery • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

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