Simple Definition of amphitheater
: a large building with seats rising in curved rows around an open space on which games and plays take place
: an area of level ground surrounded by hills
Full Definition of amphitheater
1 : an oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats ranged about an open space and used in ancient Rome especially for contests and spectacles
2 a : a very large auditorium b : a room with a gallery from which doctors and students may observe surgical operations c : a rising gallery in a modern theater d : a flat or gently sloping area surrounded by abrupt slopes
3 : a place of public entertainment (as for games or concerts)
Examples of amphitheater
<the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address>
Origin of amphitheater
Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi- + theatron theater
First Known Use: 14th century
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