- 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.
- the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
- 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
Examples from the Web for amphitheatre
It is the chief town of Somersetshire, and is surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
The amphitheatre of hills is terraced with olive-orchards and vineyards.Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land
Henry Van Dyke
After dinner I dressed and took a place in the amphitheatre of the theatre.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
On the day appointed for their execution, they were led to the amphitheatre.Fox's Book of Martyrs
We all sat in a row, on steps, as in an amphitheatre, but in straight lines.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
- 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
Word Origin and History for amphitheatre
late 14c., from Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron "double theater, amphitheater," neuter of amphitheatros "with spectators all around," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + theatron "theater" (see theater). Classical theaters were semi-circles, thus two together made an amphi-theater.