Definition of auditorium noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːriəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːriəm//
    (pl. auditoriums, auditoria
    BrE BrE//ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːriə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːdɪˈtɔːriə//
    Public spaces, In the theatre
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  1. 1the part of a theatre, concert hall, etc. in which the audience sits Wordfinderartistic director, auditorium, balcony, box office, circle, director, foyer, stage, the stalls, theatre See related entries: In the theatre
  2. 2(especially North American English) a large building or room in which public meetings, concerts, etc. are held See related entries: Public spaces
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (originally in the general sense ‘a place for hearing’): from Latin, neuter of auditorius ‘relating to hearing’, from audire ‘hear’. Wordfinderaudience, auditorium, concert, interval, microphone, perform, programme, soloist, support, venueExtra examples The auditorium seats over a thousand people. The darkened auditorium was filled with muttering. He stood at the back of the packed auditorium. The new building will include an exhibition hall, auditorium, bookshop and restaurant. You will be taken on a guided tour of the theatre, including the stage, auditorium and backstage areas.
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