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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The outdated and worn seats will be replaced with new upholstered, auditorium-style chairs. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe City Hall kicks off renovations with $2.4M in improvements to council chambers," 3 July 2019 The group claims a concerned district parent complained to FFRF that the plaque was prominently displayed near the auditorium entrance of the New Philadelphia, Ohio school. Fox News, "Ohio school scrubs 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque after atheists complain," 2 July 2019 Student journalists at a Massachusetts high school found that school district officials were using prison laborers to repair seating in the school's auditorium. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "How student journalists discovered a school district used prison labor," 2 July 2019 They’ll be screened at 2 p.m. in the library’s auditorium. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Milpitas community briefs for the week of July 5," 30 June 2019 With the auditorium overflowing, some people watched in areas set up with TVs in the next room — both French and English could be heard echoing throughout. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "World Cup: French Embassy promotes unity at US-France watch party," 28 June 2019 The glitch, which delayed the debate by about four minutes, apparently was caused by wireless microphones that NBC and MSNBC personnel inside the auditorium were using, according to a network executive. Washington Post, "Here’s what happened when the sound went screwy at the first Democratic debate," 27 June 2019 Inside City Hall on Saturday, the auditorium will transform into Veterans' Hall to celebrate local military veterans by showcasing their military memorabilia. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Your guide to the Spark!Fishers festival: Fourth of July fireworks, musical acts and road closures," 25 June 2019 After a shooter killed 12 people inside an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012, the building reopened with a new name and auditoriums identified with letters rather than numbers. Kathleen Foody, Fortune, "'They Want to Experience It.' Why Columbine Might Be Demolished 20 Years After School Shooting," 14 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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