WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•phi•the•a•ter /ˈæmfəˌθiətɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Antiquityan oval or round area, building, or room with rows of seats that slope up around a central open area.
Often, amphi•the′a•tre.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
am•phi•the•a•ter  (amfə thē′ə tər, -thēə′tər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Antiquity, Architecturean oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for gladiatorial contests.
  2. any similar place for public contests, games, performances, exhibitions, etc.; an arena, stadium, or auditorium.
  3. a room having tiers of seats arranged around a central area, in which students and other observers can view surgery, hear lectures, etc.
  4. [Brit.]
    • the first section of seats in the gallery of a theater.
    • a designated section of seats in any part of a theater.
  5. British Termsa level area of oval or circular shape surrounded by rising ground.
Also,  amphi•the′a•tre.  am•phi•the•at•ric  (am′fə thē atrik),USA pronunciation  am′phi•the•atri•cal, adj.  am′phi•the•atri•cal•ly, adv. 
  • Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater
  • Latin amphitheātrum
  • 1540–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

amphitheatre, US amphitheater /ˈæmfɪˌθɪətə/ n
  1. a building, usually circular or oval, in which tiers of seats rise from a central open arena, as in those of ancient Rome
  2. a place where contests are held; arena
  3. any level circular area of ground surrounded by higher ground
  4. the first tier of seats in the gallery of a theatre
  5. any similarly designated seating area in a theatre
  6. a lecture room in which seats are tiered away from a central area



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