[aw-di-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-]

noun, plural au·di·to·ri·ums, au·di·to·ri·a [aw-di-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌɔ dɪˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/.

the space set apart for the audience in a theater, school, or other public building.
a building for public gatherings; hall.

Origin of auditorium

1720–30; < Latin: lecture hall; see auditor, -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for auditorium

theater, amphitheater, hall, barn, playhouse

Examples from the Web for auditorium

Contemporary Examples of auditorium

Historical Examples of auditorium

  • He was running all over the auditorium testing your voice with one of his gadgets.

  • The laboratory was on the Northern rim of the field, a ten-minute drive from the auditorium.

  • In the car, during the ride to the auditorium, he did not speak.

  • They entered the auditorium and stood for a moment looking about the theatre.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • She was leaning on the edge of the box, and looking about the auditorium.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for auditorium


noun plural -toriums or -toria (-ˈtɔːrɪə)

the area of a concert hall, theatre, school, etc, in which the audience sits
US and Canadian a building for public gatherings or meetings

Word Origin for auditorium

C17: from Latin: a judicial examination, from audītōrius concerning a hearing; see auditory
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Word Origin and History for auditorium

1727, from Latin auditorium "lecture room," literally "place where something is heard," neuter of auditorius (adj.) "of or for hearing," from auditus, past participle of audire "to hear" (see audience); also see -ory. Earlier in the same sense was auditory (late 14c.).

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