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Definition of "orchestra" []

  • Music A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including strings, woodwinds, brass instruments, and percussion instruments. (noun)
  • Music The instruments played by such a group. (noun)
  • The area in a theater or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage. (noun)
  • The front section of seats nearest the stage in a theater. (noun)
  • The entire main floor of a theater. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "orchestra" in a sentence
  • "The whole orchestra and the two - hundred-man-strong chorus would come thundering after me -- the _orchestra on the right key_ and _the chorus following in my footsteps_."
  • "Christoph Eschenbach says a conductor's relationship with the orchestra is a bit like a marriage."
  • "It's easy to start feeling like being in the orchestra is a job, which it is of course, but it is a gift of a job, and Gustavo reminds you of that."