from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A section of theater seats that are less expensive than some others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a gallery in a theater, usually one containing inexpensive seats.
  • n. See under Circle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rearmost or uppermost area in the balcony containing the least expensive seats


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  • But the old lady did not approve of people "shirking" (as boys say) either their duties or their pleasures; and to keep a "merry Christmas" in a family circle that had been spared to meet in health and happiness, seemed to her to be both the one and the other.

    The Brownies and Other Tales

  • Shortly after her return to York she heard the venerable founder of Methodism preach in Peaseholm Green Chapel; and though at that early age incompetent to retain any recollection of the sermon, his saintly appearance made on her imagination a vivid impression, which was perpetuated through life, and often mentioned in the family circle with the liveliest feelings of pleasure.

    Religion in Earnest

  • A good home, honoured and trusty friends, a little snug family circle where no disturbing elements can cast their shadow — [KRAP comes in from the right, bringing letters and papers.]

    Pillars of Society

  • Bull-fights, theaters, and driving are all the pleasures of Mexican life; the president gives no receptions or dinners, and entertains no Thursday or Saturday afternoon callers, so before death entered his family circle he was at the theater almost every night.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • “Impossible not to realize that it is some member of your family circle who is suspected by Louisa Barnet, if not by yourself.”

    Lonesome Road

  • Harry was adopted into our family circle early in the autumn and, after much discussion, it was resolved in the family synod that he and I should go to the common school in the neighborhood that winter, and out of school-hours share between us certain family tasks or "chores," as they were called at home.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Every one was looking for the counterpart of Micawber or Sam Weller, Pecksniff or David Copperfield, and had little trouble in finding them either in the family circle or among the neighbors.

    My Memories of Eighty Years


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