dress circle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dress circle a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra "they had excellent seats in the dress circle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dress circle a gallery in a theater, generally the one containing the prominent and more expensive seats.
    • Dress circle A gallery or balcony in a theater, generally the first above the floor, in which originally dress clothes were customarily worn.
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Usage

In literature:

I saw it first from the dress circle of a theater.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
I expected to find a fine open gallery something like the orchestra at the Albert Hall, or at least like the dress circle at Drury Lane.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Lucy wore a pale yellow dress of some filmy, soft material and a large hat circled with a wreath of flowers.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
The gallery are as quiet as the dress circle at dear Drury Lane.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Colonel Alphabetical Morrison, with his famous U-shaped hair-cut, lent the grace of his presence to the dress circle.
"In Our Town" by William Allen White
Dish them in a circle with spaghetti dressed with Parmesan in the centre.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
They danced around a large fire, and the Rabbit entered the circle dressed very gayly.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
The Jew manager, who was standing at the back of the dress-circle, stamped and swore with rage.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Two days afterward she was busy all the morning with her dressmaker, getting a special dress ready for a wedding among the upper circles.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
But in the pit and dress circles and in the higher parts of the house other cool and collected men had risen to the occasion.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
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In poetry:

Dresses tucked above their knees,
Maids of noblest families,
In the swift dance blindly wheeling,
Circle in their wild career
Round the steer,--
Kettledrums and laughter pealing.
"The Golden Calf" by John Hay
My deeds that ha'e been handed down,
Sin' I aspired to Heaven's crown,
By thee, Rab, lad, dressed up in rhyme,
To do me skaith,
Are circling still the empire roun'
After thy death.
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke
Her feet are clad in moccasins and beads.
Her dress? Oh, next to nothing! Though undressed,
Her slender arms are circled round with vine
And dusky locks cling close about her breast.
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts
Widow. The bitter spider sits
And sits in the center of her loveless spokes.
Death is the dress she wears, her hat and collar.
The moth-face of her husband, moonwhite and ill,
Circles her like a prey she'd love to kill
"Widow" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Designer Johnson Hartig studded everything from tights to coats to dresses with circles of silver, pink and blue for his fall collection shown Thursday at New York Fashion Week.
1 Whole Turkey Breast (Bone in, Skin on) 2 Bottles Balsamic Dressing 1 cup Parmasian Cheese 1 orange Sliced (whole Circles) 1 tbs Garlic Powder 1 tbs Onion Powder 6 Strips Thick Bacon Butter (Softened) Tin Foil.
A view of the Severance Hall stage from the Dress Circle.
WHAT SHE WORE Mulligan added pop-of-color heels to her jersey Roland Mouret dress and Tacori studs at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards.
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