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


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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Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. Joshua Goodman And Manuel Rueda, Fox News, "Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement," 21 Sep. 2018 Informality was the rule, gravity the keynote in the Rhea county courthouse where the testing of the state anti-evolution law began in an auditorium packed with eager spectators., "July 11, 1925: Scopes trial begins," 11 July 2018 The students end their day in an auditorium with three scientists sitting at a table up front. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 But the Obama Center will include classrooms, a Chicago Public Library branch and an auditorium. John Byrne,, "Emanuel says group that sued Obama center organizers doesn't 'understand the 21st century'," 15 May 2018 The design calls for a library that could include an auditorium as well as a large, flexible space for community gatherings. Steven Litt,, "MASS design for new MLK branch, rejecting idea of apartments overhead, is best of 3 proposals (commentary)," 14 May 2018 The crews at Richards have been working throughout the current school year to build an addition that will include an auditorium for use by fine arts programs and classroom space for music programs, including the school’s bands. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Tradesmen join students at Richards for lessons on workplace safety," 11 May 2018 Kreider Hall, an auditorium and lecture hall, was named in his honor in 1992. Joyce Rudolph,, "On the Town: Centenarian’s birthday party shared with 100 guests," 17 Apr. 2018 The high school plans to host a forum in an auditorium on Wednesday where students and teachers can express themselves. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, "Teachers struggle with new ‘default mindset’ after Florida shooting," 12 Mar. 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

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 hall where people gather as an audience

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