hip·​po·​drome | \ ˈhi-pə-ˌdrōm How to pronounce hippodrome (audio) \

Definition of hippodrome

1 : an oval stadium for horse and chariot races in ancient Greece
2 : an arena for equestrian performances

Examples of hippodrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But from Dan Patch Avenue to the hippodrome, the pair’s fame lives on with every beloved horse shown at the fair. Staff Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Daily Guide, Friday, August 28," 28 Aug. 2020 Witnesses to the attack near the Roman hippodrome said a man dressed in black and either bearded or with his face covered rushed at a group without warning shortly after 11 a.m. and began stabbing people indiscriminately. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Jordanian police seek motive in stabbing that injured 8 at popular tourist spot," 6 Nov. 2019 The remains of the ancient aqueduct, theater, hippodrome, and bathhouses make for a daylong adventure. Snorkeling or scuba diving is available in the ancient harbor through the Old Caesarea Diving Center. National Geographic, "See Jerusalem like a Nat Geo Explorer," 16 Apr. 2019 And the channel, according to the archaeologists, was built long after the hippodrome had been repurposed as an industrial building under the Byzantine Empire and then a burial ground under the Umayyads. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Decades of aerial photos reveal how an ancient desert city got its water," 30 May 2018 The hotel was a hit and was soon followed with a plunge, a pleasure pier and a hippodrome. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Redondo Beach, though pricey, is not quite a South Bay A-lister," 6 Apr. 2018 Patrick demonstrates the hippodrome, which requires standing up while riding. Shauna Steigerwald, Cincinnati.com, "Horse riding gets fancy at the Old West Fest," 7 Sep. 2017 Al-Rashid built a complex of palaces to the north and several canals and held horse races at Raqqa's hippodrome. Bloomberg.com, "In Syria's Raqqa, Old City Wall a Testament to Glorious Days," 4 July 2017 Al-Rashid built a complex of palaces to the north and several canals and held horse races at Raqqa’s hippodrome. Washington Post, "In Syria’s Raqqa, Old City wall a testament to glorious days," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of hippodrome

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hippodrome

Middle French, from Latin hippodromos, from Greek, from hippos + dromos racecourse — more at dromedary

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2 Sep 2020

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“Hippodrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hippodrome. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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