or|ches|tra [ˈo:kıstrə US ˈo:r-] n
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: Greek, from orcheisthai 'to dance']
1.) [C also + plural verb British English]
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
AmE the area of seats in a theatre close to and on the same level as the stage

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(as in a theatre) / (in an orchestra)

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