Definitions

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  • n. An open, outdoor theatre, especially one from the classical period of ancient Greece.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See amphitheater.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
  • n. a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)

Etymologies

From Latin amphitheatrum, from Ancient Greek ἀμφιθέατρον. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This amphitheatre is the Val Buona; that little white house is the cottage of Bastian the wood-ranger; yonder pale gigantic pinnacles towering in solitary splendour above the tree-tops to the rear of the cottage, are the crests of the Cristallo.

    Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys

  • Nothing to do but pull on a thick balaclava, grab the sled, and go steaming up the hill to the top of what we call the amphitheatre, in the field opposite the main house.

    Via Negativa

  • For the rest it had the finest and vastest prospect all round it I ever saw from any house: from Tyndale Fell to St. Bees Head, all Cumberland as in amphitheatre unmatchable; Galloway mountains,

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • This huge amphitheatre is in course of excavation; and it is quite possible – possible and probable – that inscriptions in the earliest stages of the hieroglyphic writing may there be discovered.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • Presiding over the amphitheatre was a beast-headed god, his head half turned away.

    Henry’s Demons

  • Sitting directly behind us in the amphitheatre was another artistic inventor from that time who has managed to survive, Victor Moscoso above.

    Hippies on Mount Tam 1: The Musical

  • Behind the amphitheatre were the thermae of the same emperor Titus Vespasian.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Hard by the amphitheatre is a convent of Recollets, built in a very romantic situation, on the brink of a precipice.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • The amphitheatre was a raging cauldron of death ....

    Dwellers in the Mirage

  • Julius Cæsar, in his dictatorship, to construct a wooden theatre in the Campus Martius, built especially for hunting, "which was called amphitheatre (apparently the first use of the word) because it was encompassed by circular seats without a scene."

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

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