theatrical Definition

  • 1relating to the theater or dramatic performances
  • 2exaggerated and affected in a way that is intended to impress

Using theatrical: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "theatrical" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The play was a huge theatrical success.

  • Example

    She gave a theatrical performance of the song.

  • Example

    His theatrical gestures were over the top.

theatrical Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for theatrical

Idioms Using theatrical

  • to make an exaggerated or dramatic movement or action


    He made a theatrical gesture of throwing his hands up in the air in frustration.

  • a short video advertisement for a movie that is shown in theaters before the main feature


    The theatrical trailer for the new superhero movie has already generated a lot of buzz online.

  • a play, musical, or other performance that is produced for the theater


    The theater company's latest theatrical production is a modern retelling of 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Phrases with theatrical

  • the public showing of a movie in theaters


    The theatrical release of the film was delayed due to the pandemic.

  • makeup used by actors to enhance their features and make them visible from a distance


    She spent hours applying theatrical makeup for her role as the evil queen.

  • a live performance on stage, typically involving acting, singing, or dancing


    The school's theatrical performance of 'Grease' was a hit with the audience.

Origins of theatrical

from Greek 'theatron', meaning 'a place for viewing'


Summary: theatrical in Brief

The term 'theatrical' [θiˈætrɪkl] refers to anything related to the theater or dramatic performances. It can also mean exaggerated and affected in a way that is intended to impress. Examples include 'The play was a huge theatrical success.' and 'His theatrical gestures were over the top.' Phrases like 'theatrical release' and idioms like 'make a theatrical gesture' are also common.

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