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



    BrE BrE//ˈhɪpədrəʊm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪpədroʊm//
    Equine sports
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  1. 1(British English) used in the names of some theatres and concert halls
  2. 2(North American English) an arena, especially one used for horse shows See related entries: Equine sports
  3. 3a track in ancient Greece or Rome on which horse races or chariot races took place
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in sense (3)): from French, via Latin from Greek hippodromos, from hippos ‘horse’ + dromos ‘race, course’. The early sense led to the term's use as a grandiose name for a modern circus, later applied to other places of popular entertainment (sense (1), late 19th cent.).
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