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hippodrome

[hip-uh-drohm] /ˈhɪp əˌdroʊm/
noun
1.
an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles.
2.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) an oval track for horse races and chariot races.
Origin of hippodrome
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin hippodromos < Greek hippódromos, equivalent to hippo- hippo- + drómos -drome
Related forms
hippodromic
[hip-uh-drom-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈdrɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hippodrome

hippodrome

/ˈhɪpəˌdrəʊm/
noun
1.
a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
2.
(in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races
Word Origin
C16: from Latin hippodromos, from Greek hippos horse + dromos a race
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Word Origin and History for hippodrome
n.

1580s, from French hippodrome, from Latin hippodromos "race course," from Greek hippodromos "chariot road, race course for chariots," from hippos "horse" (see equine) + dromos "course" (see dromedary). In modern use for "circus performance place," and thus extended to "large theater for stage shows."

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