am·​phi·​the·​ater | \ ˈam(p)-fə-ˌthē(-ə)-tər How to pronounce amphitheater (audio) also ˈam-pə-ˌthē- \

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 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)

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Other Words from amphitheater

amphitheatric \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​trik How to pronounce amphitheatric (audio) also  ˌam-​pə-​thē-​ \ or amphitheatrical \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce amphitheatrical (audio) also  ˌam-​pə-​thē-​ \ adjective
amphitheatrically \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce amphitheatrically (audio) also  ˌam-​pə-​thē-​ \ adverb

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Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence

the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address
Recent Examples on the Web Set amid a 20-acre central park with oak trees and a 5-acre stocked lake, the amenity center includes a resort-style swimming pool with a lazy river and kids’ splash pool, tennis and basketball courts, an amphitheater, playground and island. Mustang Lakes, Dallas News, "Mustang Lakes community welcomes big changes this year," 9 Feb. 2020 Students played an active role in creating the amphitheater, bell tower and outdoor learning areas. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Chasse Building Team creates sustainable growth for a green business," 22 Dec. 2019 If the group is successful, Miramar could declare public buildings – such as the amphitheater – to be gun-free zones. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "Wayne Messam ends long-shot bid for presidency," 20 Nov. 2019 Few have amphitheaters, Wi-Fi, electricity or hot showers year-round. NBC News, "Food trucks and Amazon deliveries in national parks? Not so fast, some visitors say.," 9 Nov. 2019 Iroquois Park also has an open-air amphitheater, where a variety of concerts and other shows are held throughout the year. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "It's not too late to see fall leaves! Here are Louisville's top spots to enjoy the colors," 8 Nov. 2019 Some of the best adventures actually exist right outside Denver’s city limits: Head to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the legendary open-air amphitheater that’s hosted icons like the Beatles and Carole King. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Guide to a Great Weekend in Denver," 1 Nov. 2019 Few campgrounds have amphitheaters, Wi-Fi, electricity or hot showers year-round. Felicia Fonseca, The Know, "Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks," 21 Oct. 2019 Few campgrounds have amphitheaters, Wi-Fi, electricity or hot showers year-round. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposal seeks to modernize campgrounds at national parks," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of amphitheater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphitheater

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

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The first known use of amphitheater was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amphitheater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of amphitheater

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

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