Orchestra - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrkɪstrə|  American pronunciation of the word orchestra
Brit.  |ˈɔːkɪstrə|  British pronunciation of the word orchestra


- a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players
- seating on the main floor in a theater


He plays violin in the school orchestra.

...the orchestra will be performing a selection of Beethoven pieces tomorrow night...

The hall is usually used for orchestra performances.

She plays second violin in the city orchestra.

...the orchestra's musical director has a very stately presence...

She is the principal cellist of the orchestra.

The orchestra will be giving a free concert.

The orchestra will be performing a suite.

The whole orchestra—the strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass—began to play.

...the wealthy philanthropist is one of the city's most generous patrons of its symphony orchestra...

The orchestra played a minuet.

We listened with rapture as the orchestra played.

the reed section of the orchestra

The orchestra is rehearsing a piece by Schumann.

...among the city's cultural institutions, the art museum, the symphony orchestra, and the opera company reign as the supreme triumvirate...

Word forms

singular: orchestra
plural: orchestras
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