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

will hold the town meeting in the high school auditorium
Recent Examples on the Web Graduates will celebrate in 24 different ceremonies June 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena and the auditorium of North Division High School. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 The removal came by voice vote during a brief but raucous closed-door meeting in an auditorium on Capitol Hill. New York Times, 13 May 2021 It was filmed in the empty auditorium of the Soraya in Los Angeles and finds various videos dropped on top of chairs spread out in a semi-circle around the stage. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 28 Apr. 2021 That gave it an intimacy that, after years of watching this annual tradition in an auditorium that makes every seat occupier sit up ramrod straight, was a welcome change. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 It was installed at the Mexican Cultural Institute, first in an auditorium and then in a gallery. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Apr. 2021 Masks can be removed only while eating and drinking while seated in an auditorium. Ben Flanagan |, al, 24 Mar. 2021 The building is now substantially finished, but some project work, notably completion of renovations to the auditorium and construction of a soccer field, still are underway., 19 Mar. 2021 The Anchorage School District superintendent is recommending that the school board rename both Fairview Elementary School and the auditorium of East High School in honor of the late Alaska state Sen. Bettye Davis. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of auditorium was in 1640

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3 Jun 2021

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“Auditorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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


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 room or building for public gatherings


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