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 auditoriumb : a room with a gallery from which doctors and students may observe surgical operationsc : a rising gallery in a modern theaterd : a flat or gently sloping area surrounded by abrupt slopes
3 : a place of public entertainment (as for games or concerts)
amphitheatricallyplay \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of amphitheater in a Sentence
the conference attendees crowded into the amphitheater for the keynote address
Recent Examples of amphitheater from the Web
Staff have highlighted lots closer to the stadium than the amphitheater and are encouraging incoming fans to arrive early for the opening pitch.
Colosseum, Rome: The awe-inspiring amphitheater echoes with ghosts of gladiators past, the roar of wild animals and the swash of sea battles, cheered on by up to 80,000 baying spectators.
Added to summer lineup Harveys Lake Tahoe has added two major concerts to its summer lineup in the outdoor amphitheater –
The natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill provides seating for more than 1,000 outside the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway.
July 9 may be hard to top: This year's new Outlaw Music Festival — a festival-within-a-festival at Summerfest's amphitheater — includes Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan.
After the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Trump spoke in the adjacent amphitheater.
As Mr. Trump showed up on Friday in an ancient amphitheater to be received by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy, Mr. Cohn was busy cleaning up those comments.
Nearby, an informal amphitheater will pop up, out of a scalloped spot in the landscape.
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Origin and Etymology of amphitheater
Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi- + theatron theater
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
AMPHITHEATER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of amphitheater for Students
: an arena with seats rising in curved rows around an open space
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