from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An arrangement of telephonic apparatus by means of which subscribers at a distance may listen to performances given on the stage of an opera-house or theater.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of théâtrophone.


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  • "...a late 19th-century invention, offering live relay of theatrical or musical performances to the home phones of subscribers (Marcel Proust among them)."

    --From OED notes, December 2009

    December 24, 2009