hippodrome

[ hip-uh-drohm ]
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noun
  1. an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles.

  2. (in ancient Greece and Rome) an oval track for horse races and chariot races.

Origin of hippodrome

1
1540–50; <Latin hippodromos<Greek hippódromos, equivalent to hippo-hippo- + drómos-drome

Other words from hippodrome

  • hip·po·drom·ic [hip-uh-drom-ik], /ˌhɪp əˈdrɒm ɪk/, adjective

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How to use hippodrome in a sentence

  • I am the best-educated horse outside of the hippodrome, everybody says, and the best-mannered.

    A Horse's Tale | Mark Twain
  • A large tract of this district was formerly covered by a race-course known as the hippodrome.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • "I thought we were all going somewhere—to the hippodrome, Peter," Biddy said.

    The Tragic Muse | Henry James
  • Upon reaching the palace, I was told that the Emperor was exercising at the hippodrome, toward which I then bent my steps.

    Aurelian | William Ware
  • The hippodrome is a public place near the wall of the palace, set aside for the king's sports.

British Dictionary definitions for hippodrome

hippodrome

/ (ˈhɪpəˌdrəʊm) /


noun
  1. a music hall, variety theatre, or circus

  2. (in ancient Greece or Rome) an open-air course for horse and chariot races

Origin of hippodrome

1
C16: from Latin hippodromos, from Greek hippos horse + dromos a race

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