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



    (especially US English -ter) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈæmfɪθɪətə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmfɪθiːətər//
    Historic buildings
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  1. 1a round building without a roof and with rows of seats that rise in steps around an open space. Amphitheatres were used especially in ancient Greece and Rome for public entertainments. The Roman amphitheatre stands just outside the fortress walls. See related entries: Historic buildings
  2. 2a room, hall or theatre with rows of seats that rise in steps
  3. 3(specialist) an open space that is surrounded by high sloping land The path emerges from the gorge into an open amphitheatre with slopes all around.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: via Latin from Greek amphitheatron, from amphi ‘on both sides’ + theatron, from theasthai ‘behold’.