American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An auditorium for musical performances.
- n. Chiefly British A vaudeville theater.
- n. Chiefly British Vaudeville.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A public hall used especially for musical performances or other public entertainments; specifically, in England, such a hall in which the entertainment consists of singing, dancing, recitations, or imitations in character, burlesque, variety performances, and the like.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a place for public musical entertainments.
- A place for public musical entertainments; specif. (Eng.), esp. a public hall for vaudeville performances, in which smoking and drinking are usually allowed in the auditorium.
- n. a theater in which vaudeville is staged
- n. a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
“The adventurers and evangelists became a familiar cast of favorites, their names coupled like music hall double acts: Burton and Speke, who argued in public about who discovered what; Sam and Florence Baker, who most certainly did not; Henry Stanley, the American self-publicist, and David Livingstone, his Scottish straight man.”
“The suicide is contemptible, besides being pitiable, when he is hounded out of life despite himself, when he is a little embezzler of a clerk who rushes from the music hall to the Thames and thinks of the unfinished glass with his last breath.”
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