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[hip-uh-drohm] /ˈhɪp əˌdroʊm/
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
1540-50; < Latin hippodromos < Greek hippódromos, equivalent to hippo- hippo- + drómos -drome
Related forms
[hip-uh-drom-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈdrɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hippodrome
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  • "I thought we were all going somewhere—to the hippodrome, Peter," Biddy said.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James
  • 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.

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  • His installation of “Bridging the Abyss” at the hippodrome had taken him the whole day.

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  • After a triumphant season at the hippodrome, he had left for America.

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  • He, after his engagement at the hippodrome, went off to America; Lily traveled on her part.

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  • His daily success at the hippodrome did not divert him from the end he had in view.

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  • That dishes the waterspouts at the hippodrome, the avalanches, everything!

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  • "I went to the hippodrome with another boy," wept Alexander.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • We've got a box at the hippodrome; you must come and bring your aunt.

    Oh! Susannah! Mark Ambient
British Dictionary definitions for hippodrome


a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
(in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races
Word Origin
C16: from Latin hippodromos, from Greek hippos horse + dromos a race
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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