auditorium

[aw-di-tawr-ee-uhm, -tohr-]
noun, plural auditoriums, auditoria [aw-di-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] .
1.
the space set apart for the audience in a theater, school, or other public building.
2.
a building for public gatherings; hall.

Origin:
1720–30; < Latin: lecture hall; see auditor, -tory2

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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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auditorium
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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Example sentences
The auditorium, band room and choir room are off limits because they have been condemned.
But she displays more than ample panache under the bright lights of a
  basketball court or an auditorium.
The scientists in the auditorium regarded her as they would any other rare
  phenomenon, with a mixture of awe and skepticism.
Until nightfall, when lights come up on stage and auditorium equally, there is
  no artificial lighting.
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