auditorium

noun
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

Synonyms

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 agency advised pastors to figure out the safest location for their congregations in case of severe weather, noting that large open rooms such as sanctuaries and auditoriums weren’t safe. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "Spring snowstorm buries Midwest, tornadoes possible in South," 12 Apr. 2019 While such auditoriums are common enough nowadays—most colleges have one—they’re harder to find in midtown Manhattan, which is dominated by Broadway’s traditional proscenium-arch theaters. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Norma Jeane Baker of Troy’ Review: Beauties Made Boring," 10 Apr. 2019 To top off her dancing-in-the-auditorium scene, Jenner also offers the perfect finale to the video. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kris Jenner is Regina George's Mom in Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Music Video," 30 Nov. 2018 The audience in the auditorium (and Brandi Carlile, who can be seen fully jamming out in the video below) were impressed by Jennifer, and even awarded her with a standing ovation. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jennifer Hudson Performed at the Aretha Franklin Tribute and Fans Have a Lot of Thoughts," 11 Mar. 2019 The company, along with some other streaming services, have approached IMAX Corp. about releasing their movies in their large-format auditoriums, said IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Oscar in the Age of Entertainment Overload," 23 Feb. 2019 In addition to the mental health forum on Thursday, the John Burroughs Vocal Music Assn. will host a free benefit concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the school's auditorium to support the nonprofit Teen Line, which provides help to teens with any issue. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Mental health forum to be held at Burbank Adult School," 23 May 2018 She and her backup dancers twirled around the space before heading into the auditorium. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood's Casual ACMs Performance Is Receiving a Lot of Mixed Reactions," 8 Apr. 2019 When the school’s directors, Tom and Holly (her real name) Valent, strode out together on stage, applause soared through the crimson and green auditorium. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 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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auditorium

noun

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

auditorium

noun
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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