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 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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Examples of auditorium in a Sentence

will hold the town meeting in the high school auditorium
Recent Examples on the Web Local authorities are limiting auditorium capacities and chains are attempting to ensure that patrons continue to social distance as well as putting other safety measures into effect. Clark Collis,, "Thinking of going to a movie theater soon? Here's what you need to know," 23 June 2020 Tim Cook starts the event on the stage in an empty auditorium. Popular Science, "All the big announcements from Apple’s 2020 WWDC keynote," 22 June 2020 Those activities include an on-field session at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for one group, a moderated session about race in the Hall of Fame auditorium and a tour of the Hall. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Pro Football Hall of Fame to host start of ‘Build the Bridge Challenge’ next week," 19 June 2020 Someone came outside and brought her into the auditorium. NBC News, "Queen Latifah: Let 'Gone With the Wind' be gone forever," 16 June 2020 The venue has reduced the capacity of auditorium seating, designated different staircases for entering and leaving auditoriums and increased the amount of time between shows for cleanings. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit movie theater plans to reopen for Juneteenth film festival without state OK," 15 June 2020 Those could now be held in-house and inside the facility’s large auditorium. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute takes high road after riots," 15 June 2020 Hospitals converted operating rooms into intensive care units, and at least one replaced the seats in a large auditorium with beds. Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, "How America’s Hospitals Survived the First Wave of the Coronavirus," 15 June 2020 Instead of delivering her speech from center stage inside the Schottenstein Center on Ohio State University’s campus, Voinovich, the valedictorian of her class, spoke June in her school’s empty auditorium for a film crew. Alissa Widman Neese And Max Londberg, USA TODAY, "Valedictorians worked years to land 2020 graduation speeches - now given to empty rooms, cameras," 13 June 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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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Auditorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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