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Noun: theatre  thee-u-tu(r)
  1. (dramaturgy) a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
    "the theatre was full";
    - theater [US], house
  2. The art of writing and producing plays
    - dramaturgy, dramatic art, dramatics, theater [US]
  3. (military) a region in which active military operations are in progress
    "he served in the Vietnam theatre for three years"; "the army was in the theatre of operations awaiting action";
    - field, field of operations, theater [US], theater of operations [US], theatre of operations
  4. [Brit] A room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations
    - operating room [N. Amer], OR [N. Amer], operating theater [US], operating theatre, surgery
Noun: coup de théâtre (coups de théâtre)  ,koo du tey'aa-tr
  1. A dramatic surprise
  2. A highly successful theatrical production
  3. A sensational bit of stagecraft

Derived forms: theatres

Type of: building, communicating, communication, edifice, hospital room, region, stagecraft, staging, surprise, theatrical production, turn-up [Brit, informal]

Part of: production, theater of war [US], theatre of war

Encyclopedia: Theatre

Coup de théâtre