Definition of fourth wall in English:

fourth wall

Syllabification: fourth wall

noun

(the fourth wall)
  • 1The space that separates a performer or performance from an audience.
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    • There was literally no the fourth wall in the space where they performed the play.
    • Our play interacted with the audience, eliminating the fourth wall.
    • The experience is intentionally theatrical, a reminder of the existence of the fourth wall.
  • 1.1The conceptual barrier between any fictional work and its viewers or readers: he breaks the fourth wall by having Sam refer to the script and the play he’s acting in
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    • Within the first ten seconds of the debut episode of Hustle, the character gives a knowing smirk directly into the fourth wall.
    • Willis grinned his way through every episode, often breaking the fourth wall with sarcastic comments for the audience at home.
    • For instance, comedians didn't seem to mind breaking the fourth wall by talking straight to the audience.

Origin

originally used of the proscenium opening in a theatre through which the audience sees the action of a play.

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