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pro·sce·ni·um / prəˈsēnēəm; prō-/ • n. (pl. -ni·ums or -ni·a / -nēə/ ) the part of a theater stage in front of the curtain. ∎ short for proscenium arch. ∎  the stage of an ancient theater.

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proscenium in the ancient theatre, space between background and orchestra XVII; in the mod. theatre, space between curtain and orchestra XIX. — L. proscēnium — Gr. proskḗnion, f. PRO-2 + skēnḗ SCENE.

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proscenium.
1. Stage, or part of an Antique theatre whereon actors performed in front of the scena.

2. In later theatres, the portion of the stage between the curtain and the orchestra.

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proscenium In the theatre, the front part of the stage, especially the arch, first used in 17th-century Italian theatre to create a picture-frame effect.

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proscenium the part of a theatre stage in front of the curtain; the stage of an ancient theatre.