amphitheater

or am·phi·the·a·tre

[ am-fuh-thee-uh-ter, -theeuh-ter ]
/ ˈæm fəˌθi ə tər, -ˌθiə tər /

noun

an 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.
British.
  1. the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
  2. a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
a level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.

Origin of amphitheater

1540–50; < Latin amphitheātrum < Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater
Related formsam·phi·the·at·ric [am-fuh-thee-a-trik] /ˌæm fə θiˈæ trɪk/, am·phi·the·at·ri·cal, adjectiveam·phi·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
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