- a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
- a place where contests are held; arena
- any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
- the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
- any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
- a lecture room in which seats are tiered away from a central area
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am•phi•the•a•ter /ˈæmfəˌθiətɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Antiquityan oval or round area, building, or room with rows of seats that slope up around a central open area.
am•phi•the•a•ter (am′fə thē′ə tər, -thēə′tər),USA pronunciation n.
(am′fə thē′ə tər, -thēə′tər),USA pronunciation am′phi•the•at′ri•cal, adj.
- Antiquity, Architecturean oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for gladiatorial contests.
- any similar place for public contests, games, performances, exhibitions, etc.; an arena, stadium, or auditorium.
- a room having tiers of seats arranged around a central area, in which students and other observers can view surgery, hear lectures, etc.
- the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
- a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
- British Termsa level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.
- Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater
- Latin amphitheātrum
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amphitheatre, US amphitheater /ˈæmfɪˌθɪətə/ n
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