Definition of theatrical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θiˈætrɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θiˈætrɪkl//
    Producing a play
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  1. 1[only before noun] connected with the theatre a theatrical agent See related entries: Producing a play
  2. 2(often disapproving) (of behaviour) exaggerated in order to attract attention or create a particular effect a theatrical gesture
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek theatrikos (from theatron ‘theatre’) + -al.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: theatrical