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  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

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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Related Words for hippodrome

coliseum, stadium

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Historical Examples of hippodrome

  • "I thought we were all going somewhere—to the Hippodrome, Peter," Biddy said.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • May I pause for a few moments, and say something about the Hippodrome?

  • He was to perform at the London Hippodrome, before going to the States.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • His installation of “Bridging the Abyss” at the Hippodrome had taken him the whole day.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • After a triumphant season at the Hippodrome, he had left for America.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

British Dictionary definitions for hippodrome


  1. a music hall, variety theatre, or circus
  2. (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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