amphitheater

noun am·phi·the·ater \ ˈam(p)-fə-ˌthē(-ə)-tər also ˈam-pə-ˌthē- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

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
2 a : 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)

amphitheatric

play \ˌam(p)-fə-thē-ˈa-trik also ˌam-pə-thē-\ or amphitheatrical play \-tri-kəl\ adjective

amphitheatrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence

  1. the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address

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Origin and Etymology of amphitheater

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

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AMPHITHEATER Defined for English Language Learners

amphitheater

noun

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

amphitheater

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

Definition of amphitheater for Students

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


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