Definition of Adelphi in English:


Pronunciation /əˈdɛlfi/


  • Attributive Designating plays performed at or in a style characteristic of the Adelphi Theatre in London, especially (in early use, chiefly in "Adelphi screamer") a type of broad comedy or farce; (later) a type of melodrama which was prevalent in the last decades of the 19th century, typically with the dialogue written in a literary rather than natural, conversational style.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edinburgh Literary Journal. From Adelphi, the name of a London theatre in the vicinity of, and named after, a group of neoclassical terrace houses between the Strand and the Thames, designed by the Adam brothers from ancient Greek ἀδελϕοί, plural of ἀδελϕός brother.