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)

Other Words from amphitheater

amphitheatric \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​trik How to pronounce amphitheater (audio) also  ˌam-​pə-​thē-​ \ or amphitheatrical \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce amphitheater (audio) also  ˌam-​pə-​thē-​ \ adjective
amphitheatrically \ ˌam(p)-​fə-​thē-​ˈa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce amphitheater (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 Sugar Hill would turn 160 acres near the Chattahoochee into green space with walking trails, continue developing its greenway, build a downtown parking facility and improve its outdoor amphitheater, City Manager Paul Radford said. Alia Malik, ajc, 10 June 2022 With Juliet as a neighbor and the Roman amphitheater, Arena di Verona, just a short walk away, the location—in the heart of the medieval Centro Storico on the banks of the Adige river—is nothing short of ideal. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 19 May 2022 There’s going to be an amphitheater, a zip line from the IIX center. Leila Atassi, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 The vision outlined by the Alsobrooks administration includes an amphitheater, library, market hall and civic plaza. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 The plans also call for an indoor training facility, a concert amphitheater, an RV park, jogging trails and a park that can be accessed by people with disabilities. John Keilman,, 14 Apr. 2022 Enjoy a fire pit (reservation required) near an outdoor amphitheater, which allows for different forms of educational entertainment, according to the Friends of Wehr Nature Center. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2022 Prior to his conviction, Epstein had drawn up plans to develop Great St. James with homes, an amphitheater, a pool, and an underwater office, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 24 Mar. 2022 The company is also working on a project called the Super Pier, at Pier 57, which will include a food hall, and an amphitheater, in addition to two hundred and fifty thousand square feet of office space. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of amphitheater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amphitheater

Middle English amphitheatre, borrowed from Latin amphitheātrum, borrowed from Greek amphithéātron, noun derivative from neuter of amphithéātros "(of a stadium) having seats for spectators all around," from amphi- amphi- + -theātros, derivative of théātron "place for viewing a drama, theater entry 1"

Note: The term is also used in isolated, partially naturalized Old English attestations, as anfiteatrum and anfiteatra.

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