(music) A large group of musicians who play together on various instruments, usually including strings, woodwind, brass and percussion; the instruments played by such a group.
- The area in a theatre or concert hall where the musicians sit, immediately in front of and below the stage.
- A semicircular space in front of the stage used by the chorus in ancient Greek theatres.
Etymology: < Ancient Greek (polytonic, ) (orchÄstra) < (polytonic, áá) (orchoumai) "I dance"
- Dutch: orkest
- French: orchestre
- German: Orchester
- Italian: orchestra
- Spanish: orquesta
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