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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The screenPLAY auditorium in the new Liberty B&B Theatre offers playtime for kids 30 minutes before the main picture begins. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "Liberty B&B Theatre opens with one of the largest screens in the world," 11 July 2018 The graduates soon filed into the auditorium, girls through one doorway and boys through another, and took their seats in groups of white and green. Melanie Savage, Courant Community, "Coventry High School Graduates 118," 3 July 2018 The site will also include a two-story Whirley Ball auditorium, which will include bumper cars where players use hand held scoops to score in basket-like nets. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vici Capilli leaving Brookfield Square location, moving to Greenfield — for now," 26 June 2018 The darkness of an auditorium, combined with loud sounds, the expectation of being quiet, and remaining in one place for two hours can agitate some on the spectrum, leading to aggressive behavior, crying, or yelling. Katheleen Conti,, "Showcase Cinemas to launch sensory-friendly screenings," 21 June 2018 The center would house the offices of the Nobel Foundation, an auditorium for the award ceremony (now held in Stockholm’s concert hall), the Nobel Museum, and also provide space for exhibitions, educational programs, and a restaurant. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Swedish court blocks new home for Nobel Foundation," 24 May 2018 CARDIFF Wildcat Band to play spring concert The Ada Harris Elementary Wildcat Band invites the community to its Spring Concert from 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium, 1508 Windsor Road. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, May 10," 10 May 2018 The day began with Mass in the auditorium, followed by the induction ceremony. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lemont students head to state journalism finals," 26 Apr. 2018 Plans include expanding existing buildings, adding an arts building with an auditorium, and creating more athletic fields and a trail system through a nature area. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "University High School sells land south of 116th Street campus to Carmel developer," 11 July 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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