Definition of fourth wall in English:

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fourth wall


(the fourth wall)
1The space that separates a performer or performance from an audience.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

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