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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: Greek, from orcheisthai 'to dance'

orchestra

noun
     
or‧ches‧tra
1 [C also + plural verb British English]APM a large group of musicians playing many different kinds of instruments and led by a conductor:
the Berlin Symphony Orchestra
the school orchestra
2

orchestra section/seats

American English the area of seats in a theatre close to and on the same level as the stage
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