Definition of music hall in English:

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music hall


[mass noun]
1A form of variety entertainment popular in Britain from circa 1850, consisting of singing, dancing, comedy, acrobatics, and novelty acts. Its popularity declined after the First World War with the rise of the cinema.
Example sentences
  • Its image became ever more widespread: postcards, advertisements and music-hall comedy routines and songs all played on the ‘bathing beauty’, and on its obverse, the obese, grotesque older woman.
  • His humour was closely related to that of music-hall comedy acts (which he enjoyed seeing) and he said that the jokes for his postcards always came before the drawings.
  • It's very exciting to have songs, and music-hall elements, and drama and satire, a whole different bunch of concerns, slammed together in a way that actually makes quite a lot of sense.
1.1 [count noun] A theatre where music-hall entertainment took place.
Example sentences
  • While a coup d'état storms the streets, two Russian actors try to make an entertaining performance in a music hall theatre.
  • Close to the present hotel, other more dignified entertainment was not lacking; there were several theatres or music halls in the neighbourhood - such as the famous one on Fishamble Street and Smock Alley.
  • The air raid protection department of the Home Office has announced that should war break out, all theatres, music halls and other places of public entertainment will be closed.

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