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amphitheater

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

: 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)
am·phi·the·at·ric \ˌam(p)-fə-thē-ˈa-trik also ˌam-pə-thē-\ or am·phi·the·at·ri·cal \-tri-kəl\ adjective
am·phi·the·at·ri·cal·ly \-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

Other Performing Arts Terms

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