am·phi·the·ater | \ˈam(p)-fə-ˌthē(-ə)-tər 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 also ˌam-pə-thē- \ or amphitheatrical \-tri-kəl \ adjective
amphitheatrically \-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for amphitheater


arena, auditorium, garden, hall, theater (or theatre)

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Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence

the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address

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Three people were stabbed late Thursday night after a fight broke out at the amphitheater near the base of the Oceanside pier, in a brawl that police suspect was gang-related. Teri Figueroa,, "Three stabbed in suspected gang fight near Oceanside pier," 13 July 2018 That's why Chesney's tour has been a mix of amphitheaters and stadiums. Ed Masley, azcentral, "How Chase Field got ready for Kenny Chesney and what you need to know before you go," 22 June 2018 In front of an enthusiastic crowd at an outdoor amphitheater near its Mountain View headquarters, the internet giant fell back on a familiar message: Artificial intelligence will change the world. New York Times, "Google Strikes Humble Tone While Promoting A.I. Technology," 8 May 2018 From a screening of Lady Bird to those viral Raindrop Cakes, there’s something for everyone Eat See Hear June 30 The roving outdoor screening org rounds out the month with a screening of Lady Bird at the Santa Monica High School amphitheater. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend," 27 June 2018 Construction of a new multimillion-dollar amphitheater is underway, serving as the hub for the zoo and the future venue for a variety of educational and cultural presentations. miamiherald, "Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill reveals identity of long-anonymous donors of millions | Miami Herald," 14 Aug. 2014 The tour debuted in 1995 and made its first visit to the Noblesville amphitheater in 2001. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Joan Jett added to lineup of local Warped Tour date," 13 July 2018 Among the four amphitheaters included in this tally, his June 15 performance at Jiffy Lube Live was the only one to top $1 million in sales. Bob Allen, Billboard, "Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun Tour Earns $53 Million (And Counting)," 28 June 2018 Hours: The amphitheater opens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays; Café Shakespeare opens a half-hour earlier. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Idaho Shakespeare Festival brings Stephen King, ABBA and more," 23 May 2018

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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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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


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

Kids Definition of amphitheater

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

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