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[hip-uh-drohm] /ˈhɪp əˌdroʊm/
an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) an oval track for horse races and chariot races.
Origin of hippodrome
1540-50; < Latin hippodromos < Greek hippódromos, equivalent to hippo- hippo- + drómos -drome
Related forms
[hip-uh-drom-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈdrɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hippodrome
Historical Examples
  • They darted off with the speed of a Grecian hippodrome, when they imitated the gait of almost every untrained quadruped.

  • His installation of “Bridging the Abyss” at the hippodrome had taken him the whole day.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • In going thither, he sometimes passed through the hippodrome and Sta.

  • His daily success at the hippodrome did not divert him from the end he had in view.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • But we live upon former triumphs, and the hippodrome dare no longer produce old-fashioned effects from its storehouses.

    Acrobats and Mountebanks Hugues Le Roux
  • That dishes the waterspouts at the hippodrome, the avalanches, everything!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • And, as he sat musing, the vision of the hippodrome as he had last seen it rose clearly before him.

  • "I thought we were all going somewhere—to the hippodrome, Peter," Biddy said.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • We traced her down the street—then she returned to the garden, through the hippodrome, and there she was last seen.

  • He had seen Marceline at the hippodrome on one memorable occasion.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for hippodrome


a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
(in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races
Word Origin
C16: from Latin hippodromos, from Greek hippos horse + dromos a race
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Word Origin and History for hippodrome

1580s, from French hippodrome, from Latin hippodromos "race course," from Greek hippodromos "chariot road, race course for chariots," from hippos "horse" (see equine) + dromos "course" (see dromedary). In modern use for "circus performance place," and thus extended to "large theater for stage shows."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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