auditorium

noun
au·​di·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌȯ-də-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce auditorium (audio) \
plural auditoriums or auditoria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce auditoria (audio) \

Definition of auditorium

1 : the part of a public building where an audience sits
2 : a room, hall, or building used for public gatherings

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Synonyms for auditorium

Synonyms

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

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Examples of auditorium in a Sentence

will hold the town meeting in the high school auditorium

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The event culminated in an auditorium show featuring alternating performances by the school’s instrumental and vocal groups. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "RHAM Holds 2019 Evening Of The Arts," 6 June 2019 After dinner, guests—for the first time in the opera house’s history—could walk through the unassuming stage doors that flank the auditorium on either side of the stage. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Paris Opera Celebrates 350 Years With a Glittering Gala," 14 May 2019 An unannounced visit from the forty-seventh vice president of the U.S. resulted in a standing ovation and cheers from the crowd that filled the auditorium. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "Unforgettable Moments From Glamour's Annual Women of the Year Awards," 29 Aug. 2018 The auditoriums set up for bridge are hushed, dotted with dozens of card tables with four players at each. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'," 22 Aug. 2018 Baker was remembered by the newspaper as a hero who rescued a woman trapped underwater as her vehicle was sinking and who once captured a drunk gunman who opened fire in a parking lot of an auditorium. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Each goes up to receive the award, arising from different sections of the auditorium, exchanging dirty looks en route. Adeline Daley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Where’s ‘best smile’ now?, Adeline Daley, 1979," 30 May 2018 The agency advised pastors to figure out the safest location for their congregations in case of severe weather, noting that large open rooms such as sanctuaries and auditoriums weren’t safe. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "Spring snowstorm buries Midwest, tornadoes possible in South," 12 Apr. 2019 While such auditoriums are common enough nowadays—most colleges have one—they’re harder to find in midtown Manhattan, which is dominated by Broadway’s traditional proscenium-arch theaters. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’ Review: Beauties Made Boring," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of auditorium

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for auditorium

borrowed from Latin audītōrium "lecture room, hall, body of listeners," from audīre "to hear" + -tōrium, suffix of places, from neuter of -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix — more at audible entry 1, auditory entry 2

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auditorium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of auditorium

US : a large room or building where people gather to watch a performance, hear a speech, etc.
: the part of a building (such as a theater) where an audience sits

auditorium

noun
au·​di·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌȯ-də-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce auditorium (audio) \

Kids Definition of auditorium

1 : the part of a building where an audience sits
2 : a hall where people gather as an audience

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