amphitheater

[am-fuh-thee-uh-ter, -theeuh-ter]
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.
a.
the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
b.
a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
5.
a level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.
Also, amphitheatre.


Origin:
1540–50; < Latin amphitheātrum < Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater

amphitheatric [am-fuh-thee-a-trik] , amphitheatrical, adjective
amphitheatrically, adverb
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amphitheatre or amphitheater (ˈæmfɪˌθɪətə)
 
n
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
4.  a.  the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
 b.  any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
5.  a lecture room in which seats are tiered away from a central area
 
amphitheater or amphitheater
 
n
 
amphitheatric or amphitheater
 
adj
 
amphithe'atrical or amphitheater
 
adj
 
amphithe'atrically or amphitheater
 
adv

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amphitheater
1540s, from L. amphitheatrum, from Gk. amphitheatron, neut. of amphitheatros "with spectators all around," from amphi- "on both sides" + theatron "theater," from theasthai "watch, look at" (see theater). Classical theaters were semi-circles, thus two together made an amphi-theater.
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Example sentences
The crowd shuffled across the cement floor and into a stark amphitheater lined
  with metal bleachers.
The site also features an indoor gallery and an amphitheater for special
  performances.
Whether that will be possible in the heat of the amphitheater kitchen remains
  to be seen.
The wall colors encircling the garden's amphitheater also were inspired by the
  site.
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