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 (ăm′fə-thē′ə-tər, ăm′pə-)
1. An oval or circular structure having tiers of seats rising gradually outward from a central open space or arena.
2. Geology A level area surrounded by upward sloping ground.
3. An upper, sloping gallery with seats for spectators, as in a theater or operating room.

[Middle English amphitheatre, from Latin amphitheātrum, from Greek amphitheātron : amphi-, amphi- + theātron, theater; see theater.]

am′phi·the·at′ric (-ăt′rĭk), am′phi·the·at′ri·cal adj.
am′phi·the·at′ri·cal·ly adv.


(ˈæm fəˌθi ə tər, -ˌθiə tər)

1. an oval or round building with tiers of seats around a central open area, as those used in ancient Rome for contests and spectacles.
2. any similar place for public contests, games, performances, etc.
3. a room with tiers of seats around a central area for students and other observers.
4. a level area surrounded by rising ground.
Often, am′phi•the`a•tre.
[1540–50; < Latin amphitheātrum < Greek amphithéātron. See amphi-, theater]
am`phi•the•at′ric (-θiˈæ trɪk) am`phi•the•at′ri•cal, adj.


An open-air, round or oval theater with rising rows of seating.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amphitheater - a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)amphitheater - a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
gallery - narrow recessed balcony area along an upper floor on the interior of a building; usually marked by a colonnade
tiered seat - seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
2.amphitheater - an oval large stadium with tiers of seatsamphitheater - an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
sports stadium, stadium, arena, bowl - a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
vomitory - an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium


(American) amphitheater (ˈamfiθiətə(r)) noun
an oval or circular building with rows of seats surrounding a central space, used as a theatre or arena.
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It was all in one great room, like a circus amphitheater, with a gallery for visitors running over the center.
In the center of the amphitheater a man stood up and remained standing, facing the singer.
A great crowd had assembled in the amphitheater enclosing the lists.
We were conducted early one morning to an enormous amphitheater, which instead of having been built upon the surface of the ground was excavated below the surface.
As the moon declined slowly toward the lofty, foliaged horizon of the amphitheater the booming of the drum decreased and lessened were the exertions of the dancers, until, at last, the final note was struck and the huge beasts turned to fall upon the feast they had dragged hither for the orgy.
On reaching the lower end of the lane they found themselves near the shore of the Sound, in a kind of amphitheater surrounded by forest trees.
On the day that Tarzan established his right to respect, the tribe was gathered about a small natural amphitheater which the jungle had left free from its entangling vines and creepers in a hollow among some low hills.
Beyond, the shore, strewed over with these rocks like gravestones, ascended, in form of an amphitheater among mastic-trees and cactus, a sort of small town, full of smoke, confused noises, and terrified movements.
The sun shone somewhat to the left and behind him and brightly lit up the enormous panorama which, rising like an amphitheater, extended before him in the clear rarefied atmosphere.
When we had passed out of the amphitheater onto the great plain we saw a caravan of men and women--human beings like ourselves--and for the first time hope and relief filled my heart, until I could have cried out in the exuberance of my happiness.
Into the vast amphitheater they took me, stationing me at the extreme end of the arena.
It is within this amphitheater that the justice of Manator is meted, then?