amphitheatre


noun

  1. an oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for gladiatorial contests.
  2. any similar place for public contests, games, performances, exhibitions, etc.; an arena, stadium, or auditorium.
  3. a room having tiers of seats arranged around a central area, in which students and other observers can view surgery, hear lectures, etc.
  4. British.
    1. the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
    2. a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
  5. a level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.

noun

  1. a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
  2. a place where contests are held; arena
  3. any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
    1. the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
    2. any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
  4. a lecture room in which seats are tiered away from a central area
n.

chiefly British English spelling of amphitheater. See -er.

n.

late 14c., from Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron “double theater, amphitheater,” neuter of amphitheatros “with spectators all around,” from amphi- “on both sides” (see amphi-) + theatron “theater” (see theater). Classical theaters were semi-circles, thus two together made an amphi-theater.

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