amphitheater

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

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. 2a :  a very large auditoriumb :  a room with a gallery from which doctors and students may observe surgical operationsc :  a rising gallery in a modern theaterd :  a flat or gently sloping area surrounded by abrupt slopes

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

amphitheatric

play \ˌam(p)-fə-thē-ˈa-trik also ˌam-pə-thē-\ or

amphitheatrical

play \-tri-kəl\ adjective

amphitheatrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence

  1. the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address

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Origin and Etymology of amphitheater

Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi- + theatron theater

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AMPHITHEATER Defined for English Language Learners

amphitheater

play
noun

Definition of amphitheater for English Language Learners

  • : 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


AMPHITHEATER Defined for Kids

amphitheater

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noun am·phi·the·ater \ˈam-fə-ˌthē-ə-tər\

Definition of amphitheater for Students

  1. :  an arena with seats rising in curved rows around an open space



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