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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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  • The laboratory was on the Northern rim of the field, a ten-minute drive from the auditorium.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • He was running all over the auditorium testing your voice with one of his gadgets.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • Mr. Rogers attended the meeting, but came so late that, as the auditorium was crowded, he could not get a seat.

    Booker T. Washington Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
  • In the car, during the ride to the auditorium, he did not speak.

    The Second Voice Mann Rubin
  • He liked the knowledge that here and there in the auditorium, when he entered it, some one would be saying 'Who is that?'

    Seven Men Max Beerbohm
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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