from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of the main floor of a theater that lies under the balcony section. Also called parterre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- That part of the lower floor of a theater with seats at the rear of the parquet and beneath the galleries; -- called also, esp. in U. S., orchestra circle or parterre.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. seating at the rear of the main floor (beneath the balconies)
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