from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large room to accommodate an audience in a building such as a school or theater.
  • n. A large building for public meetings or performances.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large room for public meetings or performances.
  • n. The space where the audience is located.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The part of a church, theater, or other public building, assigned to the audience.
  • n. a building, or a room within a building, containing a large open space for public gatherings, and often having a raised stage where speakers or presentations may be easily viewed by the audience.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a church, theater, public hall, or the like, the space allotted to the hearers or audience.
  • n. In monasteries, an apartment for receiving visitors; a parlor or reception-room.

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

  • n. the area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits


Latin audītōrium, from audīre, to hear; see au- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin audītōrium, from audītōrius ("pertaining to hearing"). (Wiktionary)


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