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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After welcoming participants to the workshop Wednesday night, you were banished from the auditorium at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Memo to Mayor Bieter: Your growth-roundtable participants love Boise, not City Hall," 21 June 2018 The auditorium at Weeki Wachee Springs sits 16 feet underground. Sarah Scoles, Washington Post, "These ‘mermaids’ dance underwater for half an hour at a time," 17 June 2018 The auditorium at Wyandotte High erupted in applause for each of the five, including two other 11th-grade students, a ninth-grade student and an adult learner — who all received some form of scholarship. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "'I am very, very proud of him.' For 919 in Kansas City, college dream will be reality | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018 In Chicago yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped into the auditorium at Lane Technical College Prep High School and told an audience about the future of education. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "How Apple Lost Its Place in the Classroom," 28 Mar. 2018 Relocate school store to function in conjunction with auditorium events. Darryl Enriquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Possible $33.8 M Greendale referendum for better gyms, safety in grade schools moves forward," 19 June 2018 Wearing a mile-wide smile, San Francisco Mayor-elect London Breed breezed across Rosa Parks Elementary School’s auditorium stage Thursday to a standing ovation, thunderous applause and the blare of a lone air horn. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed returns to her roots to celebrate election as SF mayor," 14 June 2018 Other internees constructed an auditorium building for the high school, using local mud to make adobe bricks. Katherine Yamada,, "Verdugo Views: Relocation camps changed the lives of many Japanese Americans during World War II," 31 May 2018 In fact, there were three commissioners and two administrative judges sitting on the auditorium’s dais. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "California's Heavy-Handed Plan to Regulate the Self-Driving Car Biz," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of auditorium

1640, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for auditorium

Latin, literally, lecture room

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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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