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auditorium

[aw-di-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-] /ˌɔ dɪˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural auditoriums, auditoria
[aw-di-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌɔ dɪˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the space set apart for the audience in a theater, school, or other public building.
2.
a building for public gatherings; hall.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin: lecture hall; see auditor, -tory2
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auditorium

/ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm/
noun (pl) -toriums, -toria (-ˈtɔːrɪə)
1.
the area of a concert hall, theatre, school, etc, in which the audience sits
2.
(US & Canadian) a building for public gatherings or meetings
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a judicial examination, from audītōrius concerning a hearing; see auditory
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Word Origin and History for auditoria

auditorium

n.

1727, from Latin auditorium "lecture room," literally "place where something is heard," neuter of auditorius (adj.) "of or for hearing," from auditus, past participle of audire "to hear" (see audience); also see -ory. Earlier in the same sense was auditory (late 14c.).

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