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amphitheater

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noun am·phi·the·ater \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌthē(-ə)-tər also ˈam-pə-ˌthē-\

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. 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. 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. 3 :  a place of public entertainment (as for games or concerts)

am·phi·the·at·ricplay \ˌam(p)-fə-thē-ˈa-trik also ˌam-pə-thē-\ or am·phi·the·at·ri·cal play \-tri-kəl\ adjective
am·phi·the·at·ri·cal·lyplay \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of amphitheater

  1. <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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