[ 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 formship·po·drom·ic [hip-uh-drom-ik] /ˌhɪp əˈdrɒm ɪk/, adjective
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/ (ˈhɪpəˌdrəʊm) /


a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
(in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races

Word Origin for hippodrome

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."

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