[aw-di-tawr-ee-uhm, -tohr-]
noun, plural auditoriums, auditoria [aw-di-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] .
the space set apart for the audience in a theater, school, or other public building.
a building for public gatherings; hall.

1720–30; < Latin: lecture hall; see auditor, -tory2 Unabridged
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auditorium (ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm)
n , pl -toriums, -toria
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
[C17: from Latin: a judicial examination, from audītōrius concerning a hearing; see auditory]

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1727, from L. auditorium "lecture room," lit. "place where something is heard," neuter of auditorius (adj.) "of or for hearing," from auditus, pp. of audire "to hear" (see audience).
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