Definition of hippodrome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhipəˌdrōm/


1 [as name] A theater or other performance venue: “Tuna Does Vegas” is ending this week at the Waco Hippodrome
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  • She also assumes that, as a teen-ager, Menken may have honed her equestrian skills by playing in hippodrome shows in Texas and Louisiana.
  • First popular were Hagenbeck's Dancing Bears, Red Indian displays, and the hippodrome (horse races).
  • By 1890, their vast big top contained three rings, two stages, a peripheral hippodrome track, and space for ten thousand spectators.
2(In ancient Greece or Rome) a course for chariot or horse races.
Example sentences
  • The most popular entertainments were the theater, frequently denounced by the clergy for nudity and immorality, and the races at the hippodrome.
  • Both these treaties are shown on the base of the obelisk of Theodosius, erected in the hippodrome at Constantinople in 390, as triumphs of Roman arms.
  • Chariot races staged in the hippodrome - always a crowd-pleaser - opened the games.


Late 16th century (sense 2): from French, via Latin from Greek hippodromos, from hippos 'horse' + dromos 'race, course'. The early sense led to the term's use as a grandiose name for a modern circus, later applied to other places of popular entertainment (late 19th century).

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Syllabification: hip·po·drome

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