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[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)
the space set apart for the audience in a theater, school, or other public building.
a building for public gatherings; hall.
Origin of auditorium
1720-30; < Latin: lecture hall; see auditor, -tory2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for auditorium
  • 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.
  • The air in the auditorium smelled faintly of burnt herbs.
  • Their homes were destroyed, so they are sleeping in the giant auditorium at the evacuation centre.
  • After a few group shots, all of us went into a big auditorium for a presentation by some notable explorers in residence.
  • They trickle in to the auditorium for one of the community's seemingly endless fund-raisers.
  • So they pinched some profits from their gallery, rented the school auditorium.
  • IT wasn't the coldest thing that ever happened in this auditorium.
British Dictionary definitions for auditorium


noun (pl) -toriums, -toria (-ˈtɔːrɪə)
the area of a concert hall, theatre, school, etc, in which the audience sits
(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 auditorium

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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