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

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 \ -​tri-​kəl How to pronounce amphitheatrical (audio) \ adjective
amphitheatrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce amphitheatrically (audio) \ 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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Concertgoers, deliveries and mail will now be heading to 33 Bob Seger Dr., the new street designation for the popular amphitheater in Independence Township. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "DTE Energy Music Theatre changes address to 33 Bob Seger Drive," 5 June 2019 The amphitheater was for part of that time standing room only. Mark Swed,, "Review: Why ‘Noon to Midnight’ is the new-music bargain that’s hard to beat," 3 June 2019 His first amphitheater debuted in the Yucatán in 2012 with an opening performance by Philip Glass. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "James Turrell’s New Masterpiece in the Desert," 14 Jan. 2019 Since then, the beautiful Provençal city with its Roman amphitheater surrounded by pretty 18th-century townhouses and mansions and dainty 19th-century villas and ’60s housing projects has long slumbered. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What to See at the Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival," 24 Aug. 2018 And a panel of music industry professionals — including Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Sharon Osbourne — selected Alpine as the sixth-best amphitheater in the nation for a 2013 Rolling Stone feature. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alpine Valley Music Theatre is back in business after no-show season, but struggles remain," 21 June 2018 No injuries were reported in the collapse at the amphitheater in Columbia, Md., in Howard County. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Roof of Merriweather Post Pavilion collapses during renovation," 14 Jan. 2018 Other luxuries include three swimming pools, lush gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "Own The Space-Age Home Of Fashion Legend Pierre Cardin," 1 Oct. 2015 The sprawling oasis has an amphitheater, classical Roman statues, grottos, ponds, fountains, and an abundance of flowers. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 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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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 How to pronounce amphitheater (audio) \

Kids Definition of amphitheater

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

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