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amphitheater Syllabification: am·phi·the·a·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈamfəˌTHēədər/

Definition of amphitheater in English:


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.
Example sentences
  • 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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