- 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
Examples from the Web for hippodrome
"I thought we were all going somewhere—to the Hippodrome, Peter," Biddy said.The Tragic Muse</p>
May I pause for a few moments, and say something about the Hippodrome?
He was to perform at the London Hippodrome, before going to the States.
His installation of “Bridging the Abyss” at the Hippodrome had taken him the whole day.
After a triumphant season at the Hippodrome, he had left for America.
- a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
- (in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races
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."