orchestra NOUN 1) (treated as sing. or pl. ) a large group of musicians with string, woodwind, brass, and percussion sections. 2) (also orchestra pit) the part of a theatre where the orchestra plays, typically in front of the stage and on a lower level. 3) N. Amer. the stalls in a theatre. 4) the semicircular space in front of an ancient Greek theatre stage where the chorus danced and sang.
DERIVATIVES orchestral adjective orchestrally adverb.
ORIGIN Greek orkhstra, from orkheisthai 'to dance' .

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