au·​di·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌȯ-də-ˈtȯr-ē-əm \
plural auditoriums or auditoria\ -​ē-​ə \

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


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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Reynolds, the principal, said HHS’ graduation has remained at the school auditorium. David Anderson, The Aegis, "More than a class, Havre de Grace High graduates say they are a family," 1 June 2018 Straightaway, the engineers and those in the auditorium erupted into cheers and applause. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 The video starts with a nervous Vanessa singing in front of an audience in an auditorium. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Vanessa Hudgens New Music Video is Basically "High School Musical" 4," 4 Oct. 2018 Also a small summer-reading book sale (in the auditorium). Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "The five things you need to know before you hit the road for July 4," 28 June 2018 The event included a dinner with cabaret performances, followed by a more formal program in the auditorium. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "RHAM Hosts An Evening Of The Arts," 19 June 2018 On Tuesday, Mumford will honor her by renaming its auditorium after her. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Mumford to dedicate auditorium to alum, ESPN writer Jemele Hill," 11 June 2018 The cinema complex will provide in-theater dining in its eight auditoriums and a stand-alone bar and lounge. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Demolition underway at Sears store in Brookfield Square; BistroPlex, hotel, bumper cars will take its place," 6 June 2018 In 2013, the church put on an extravagant theatrical production in its 21,000-seat auditorium in Salt Lake City to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its alliance with the Boy Scouts. Kurtis Lee,, "Mormon Church to sever all ties with Boy Scouts, ending a century-old bond," 9 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of auditorium

: 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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