American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or suitable for dramatic performance or the theater.
- adj. Marked by exaggerated self-display and unnatural behavior; affectedly dramatic.
- n. Stage performances or a stage performance, especially by amateurs. Often used in the plural.
- n. Affectedly dramatic gestures or behavior; histrionics.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a theater or scenic representations; resembling the manner of dramatic performers: as, theatrical performances; theatrical gestures.
- Calculated for display; extravagant; showy; pretentious: as, a theatrical flourish.
- Artificial; affected; assumed.
- n. plural All that pertains to a dramatic performance; also, a dramatic performance itself: applied usually to amateur performances; as, to engage in private theatricals (a dramatic performance in a private house).
- n. A professional actor.
- adj. Of or relating to the theatre.
- adj. Fake and exaggerated.
- n. A stage performance, especially one by amateurs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a theater, or to the scenic representations; resembling the manner of dramatic performers; histrionic; hence, artificial.
- adj. of or relating to the theater
- adj. suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater
- n. a performance of a play
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