velarium

[ vuh-lair-ee-uhm ]
/ vəˈlɛər i əm /

noun, plural ve·lar·i·a [vuh-lair-ee-uh]. /vəˈlɛər i ə/. Roman Antiquity.

an awning drawn over a theater or amphitheater as a protection from rain or the sun.

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Origin of velarium

1825–35; <Latin vēlārium (a word known only from a passage in Juvenal; the intended sense may be “curtain” rather than “awning”); see velum, -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for velarium

velarium
/ (vɪˈlɛərɪəm) /

noun plural -laria (-ˈlɛərɪə)

an awning used to protect the audience in ancient Roman theatres and amphitheatres

Word Origin for velarium

C19: from Latin, from vēlāre to cover
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