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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amphitheater, amphitheatrenoun

    a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)

  2. amphitheater, amphitheatre, coliseumnoun

    an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held

Wiktionary

  1. amphitheatrenoun

    An open, outdoor theatre, especially one from the classical period of ancient Greece.

  2. Etymology: From amphitheatrum, from ἀμφιθέατρον.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amphitheatrenoun

    A building in a circular or oval form, having its area encompassed with rows of seats one above another; where spectators might behold spectacles, as stage-plays, or gladiators. The theatres of the ancients were built in the form of a semicircle, only exceeding a just semicircle by one fourth part of the diameter; and the amphitheatre is two theatres joined together; so that the longest diameter of the amphitheatre, was to the shortest, as one and a half to one.

    Etymology: of ἀμφιθέατϱον, of ἀμφι and θέάομαι.

    Within, an amphitheatre appear’d
    Rais’d in degrees; to sixty paces rear’d,
    That when a man was plac’d in one degree,
    Height was allow’d for him above to see. John Dryden, Fables.

    Conceive a man placed in the burning iron chair at Lyons, amid the insults and mockeries of a crouded amphitheatre, and still keeping his seat; or stretched upon a grate of iron, over coals of fire, and breathing out his soul, among the exquisite sufferings of such a tedious execution, rather than renounce his religion, or blaspheme his Saviour. Joseph Addison, on the Chr. Rel.

Wikipedia

  1. Amphitheatre

    An amphitheatre (British English) or amphitheater (American English; both ) is an open-air venue used for entertainment, performances, and sports. The term derives from the ancient Greek ἀμφιθέατρον (amphitheatron), from ἀμφί (amphi), meaning "on both sides" or "around" and θέατρον (théātron), meaning "place for viewing".Ancient Roman amphitheatres were oval or circular in plan, with seating tiers that surrounded the central performance area, like a modern open-air stadium. In contrast, both ancient Greek and ancient Roman theatres were built in a semicircle, with tiered seating rising on one side of the performance area. Modern parlance uses "amphitheatre" for any structure with sloping seating, including theatre-style stages with spectator seating on only one side, theatres in the round, and stadia. They can be indoor or outdoor. Natural formations of similar shape are sometimes known as natural amphitheatres.

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  1. amphitheatre

    An amphitheatre is a large, circular or oval open-air venue with rising tiers of seats arranged around a central performance area or stage. It's primarily used for entertainment performances such as concerts, plays, sports or public ceremonies. The word "amphitheatre" is derived from the ancient Greek ἀμφιθέατρον (amphitheatron), which means "theatre all around". This architectural construction was particularly prevalent in Ancient Roman culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amphitheatrenoun

    an oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats about an open space called the arena

  2. Amphitheatrenoun

    anything resembling an amphitheater in form; as, a level surrounded by rising slopes or hills, or a rising gallery in a theater

  3. Etymology: [L. amphitheatrum, fr. Gr. ; 'amfi` + theater: cf. F. amphithtre. See Theater.]

Wikidata

  1. Amphitheatre

    An amphitheatre is an open-air venue used for entertainment and performances. The term derives from the ancient Greek ἀμφιθέατρον, from ἀμφί, meaning "on both sides" or "around" and θέατρον, meaning "place for viewing". Ancient Greek theatres were built to a semicircular plan, with tiered seating above a performance area. Ancient Roman amphitheatres were oval or circular in plan, with seating tiers that surrounded the central performance area, like a modern open-air stadium. Modern usage for "amphitheater" does not always respect the ancient usage, and so the word can embrace theatre-style stages with the audience only on one side, theatres in the round, and stadiums. Natural formations shaped like man-made theatres or amphitheatres are sometimes known as natural amphitheatres.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amphitheatre

    am-fi-thē′a-tėr, n. an oval or circular edifice having rows of seats one above another, around an open space, called the arena, in which public spectacles are exhibited: anything like an amphitheatre in form.—adjs. Amphitheat′rical, Amphitheat′ral.—adv. Amphitheat′rically. [Gr. amphi, round about, theatron, a place for seeing—theaomai, to see.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amphitheatre in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amphitheatre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of amphitheatre in a Sentence

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    We cannot evaluate the destruction to the ruins from the criminal secret excavations ... It will take weeks to assess, we have been into the museum and to the Temple of Bel, the amphitheatre, and the colonnaded street.

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    We have been into the museum and to the Temple of Bel, the amphitheatre, and the colonnaded street.

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