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
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 : a place of public entertainment (as for games or concerts)
amphitheatricallyplay \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence
the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address
Recent Examples of amphitheater from the Web
The 4th of July Blast gives attendees the chance to watch fireworks over the lake from the lawn of the amphitheater after enjoying live music and more.
Fort Thomas will end Independence Day celebrations with an 8 p.m. concert at the amphitheater near the new Charters of Freedom monument.
Friends had spoken, as candles glowed in the amphitheater around them, about his brilliance, his adventurousness, his boundless joy, his faith in connection.
More than just a party island, Obonjan plays host to Shakespeare plays performed in a stone amphitheater, paddle board yoga, and healing sessions with shamanic practitioners.
In the evening, rain didn't deter thousands of people from showing up at a remembrance in downtown Orlando in front of an amphitheater that was painted in gay-pride rainbow colors after the massacre.
On a recent evening, Buck Johnson is in his 15th floor corner hotel room in Berlin, before an Aerosmith show at Waldbuhne amphitheater.
Staff have highlighted lots closer to the stadium than the amphitheater and are encouraging incoming fans to arrive early for the opening pitch.
Colosseum, Rome: The awe-inspiring amphitheater echoes with ghosts of gladiators past, the roar of wild animals and the swash of sea battles, cheered on by up to 80,000 baying spectators.
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Origin and Etymology of amphitheater
Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi- + theatron theater
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
AMPHITHEATER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of amphitheater for Students
: an arena with seats rising in curved rows around an open space
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