Definition of amphitheater in English:


Syllabification: am·phi·the·a·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈamfəˌTHēətər


  • 1(Especially in Greek and Roman architecture) a round or oval building, typically unroofed, with a central space for the presentation of dramatic or sporting events. Tiers of seats for spectators surround the central space.
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    • The Colosseum was the greatest building in Ancient Rome but much smaller amphitheatres were built in Roman Britain and gladiatorial fights may have occurred in these.
    • Eventually there were well over 250 amphitheatres in the Roman empire - so it is no surprise that the amphitheatre and its associated shows are the quintessential symbols of Roman culture.
    • The elliptical amphitheatre could have seated between 4,500 and 9,000 spectators.
  • 1.1A sloping, semicircular seating gallery: I was permitted to attend a lecture in the amphitheater of the hospital
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    • It chronicled her designs for city plazas that feature fountains and tiled walkways; for arenas and semi-circular amphitheaters in public parks; and for benches, monoliths, pyramids, pools and private bathhouses.
    • So they moved into the stage left dressing room off of the outdoor amphitheatre.
    • It ended, in fact, on the day of graduation for the Fall term, and forced the ceremonies from the outdoor amphitheater with scenic backdrop into the cafeteria, which had memories of its own.
  • 1.2A large circular hollow in rocks or hills: that vast amphitheater chiseled out of the mountain
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    • Surrounding the cone on three sides were high walls of volcanic rock forming an amphitheater almost a mile and a half wide, a subtle palette of dun, gray, and beige.
    • Nestle into one of several campsites at the base of the 300-foot-tall amphitheater, and explore the many slots and dry waterfalls branching off from Labyrinth's main canyon.
    • It's keeping me pretty cozy, and the views of Snake Valley and Wheeler's own glaciated amphitheater are enthralling.


late Middle English: via Latin from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi 'on both sides' + theatron (see theater).

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