from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An auditorium for musical performances.
- n. Chiefly British A vaudeville theater.
- n. Chiefly British Vaudeville.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An auditorium for concerts and musical entertainments.
- n. A vaudeville or variety theater.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a theater in which vaudeville is staged
- n. a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.
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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.