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velarium

[ vuh-lair-ee-uhm ]

noun

, Roman Antiquity.
, plural ve·lar·i·a [v, uh, -, lair, -ee-, uh].
  1. an awning drawn over a theater or amphitheater as a protection from rain or the sun.


velarium

/ vɪˈlɛərɪəm /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of velarium1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of velarium1

C19: from Latin, from vēlāre to cover

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Example Sentences

The velarium, spread over the cypress avenue, was drawn back, and torches were brought.

The vault, some thirty feet high, formed a sort of azure velarium bordered with long yellow palm-leaves.

A gigantic purple velarium gave shelter from the rays of the sun.

The censers were ignited again, and the velarium was removed, for the sun had sunk now considerably.

He raised his eyes then to the opening of the amphitheatre, over which night had begun to extend its velarium dotted with stars.

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