An old Roman amphitheater.
amphitheater definition by Webster's New World
- a round or oval building with an open space (arena) surrounded by rising rows of seats
- a scene of conflict, competition, etc.; arena
- a sloping gallery in a theater
- a lecture hall with a sloping gallery, esp. one for observing surgical procedures in a medical school or hospital
- a level place surrounded by rising ground
Origin: Classical Latin amphitheatrum ; from Classical Greek amphitheatron: see amphi- and amp; theater
amphitheater definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An oval or round structure having tiers of seats rising gradually outward from a central open space or arena.
- An arena where contests and spectacles are held.
- A level area surrounded by upward sloping ground.
- An upper, sloping gallery with seats for spectators, as in a theater or operating room.
Origin: Middle English amphitheatre, from Latin amphitheātrum, from Greek amphitheātron : amphi-, amphi- + theātron, theater; see theater.
- amˌphi·the·atˈric , amˌphi·the·atˈri·cal adjective
- amˌphi·the·atˈri·cal·ly adverb