[ aw-di-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr- ]
/ ˌɔ dɪˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr- /

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

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/ (ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm) /

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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