vom·​i·​to·​ry ˈvä-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce vomitory (audio)
plural vomitories
: an entrance piercing the banks of seats of a theater, amphitheater, or stadium

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These include pieces called vomitory walls, walls used for tunnels and stairwells and upper bowl back walls, as well as tread risers, the concrete that will provide the base for attaching stadium seats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021

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Word History


Late Latin vomitorium, from Latin vomere; from its disgorging the spectators

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vomitory was in 1730

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“Vomitory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vomitory. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition



vom·​i·​to·​ry ˈväm-ə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- How to pronounce vomitory (audio)
: emetic
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