Definition of proscenium in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈsēnēəm/

noun (plural prosceniums or proscenia /-nēə/)

1The part of a theater stage in front of the curtain.
Example sentences
  • The fourteen dancers melted into patterns out of an old Golddiggers flick and at one point, all posed at the front of the proscenium and twittered their legs like a bevy of chorines from an old Movietone newsreel.
  • During an orchestra rehearsal for New York City Ballet, he rushes onto the stage from the audience, nimbly maneuvering over a narrow strip between the proscenium and the orchestra pit.
  • No one dared intrude beyond the presidential seal woven into the center of the pale green rug that lay before the President's mahogany desk: the proscenium of the stage.
1.1 short for proscenium arch.
Example sentences
  • Using the window like a movie screen or a theatrical proscenium, he constructs a scenario familiar from all visual narrative forms: the characters look at each other while we look at them.
  • Conceding the point, many opera houses nowadays always flash surtitles above the proscenium.
  • The coloured lights surrounding the proscenium were washed away and had no effect.
1.2The stage of an ancient theater.
Example sentences
  • Before any appreciation of the performance, it should be noted that it is really a nice experience to watch those trained in theatre moving around the proscenium.
  • It may seem a bit ironic that street theatre finds a place on the proscenium, but it nevertheless is the only time of the year when it gets its precious share of media as well as public attention.
  • The largest studio measures 1,952 square feet and in width approximates the size of the proscenium in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, where Ballet British Columbia performs locally.


Early 17th century: via Latin from Greek proskēnion, from pro 'before' + skēnē 'stage'.

Words that rhyme with proscenium

helenium, rhenium, ruthenium, selenium

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Syllabification: pro·sce·ni·um

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