• WordNet 3.6
    • n amphitheatre an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
    • n amphitheatre a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
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Amphitheatre at Pompeii Amphitheatre at Pompeii

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Amphitheatre An oval or circular building with rising tiers of seats about an open space called the arena.
    • Amphitheatre Anything resembling an amphitheater in form; as, a level surrounded by rising slopes or hills, or a rising gallery in a theater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amphitheatre See amphitheater.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amphitheatre am-fi-thē′a-tėr an oval or circular edifice having rows of seats one above another, around an open space, called the arena, in which public spectacles are exhibited: anything like an amphitheatre in form
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. amphitheatrum, fr. Gr. ; + theater: cf. F. amphithéâtre,. See Theater
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. amphi, round about, theatron, a place for seeing—theaomai, to see.


In literature:

It was a beautiful view, and as plain as looking down from the gallery into the pit of an amphitheatre.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
To-morrow the games and combats commence in the arena of the new amphitheatre.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Not far from our hotel is the Church of S. Maria dell' Arnea, so called from its standing near the ruins of an old Roman amphitheatre.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
There are a great many ruins of amphitheatres like this scattered over Italy.
"Rollo in Naples" by Jacob Abbott
Two hundred thousand hearts were opened to thee yesterday in the Amphitheatre!
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The next moment, after a flit round the amphitheatre, it gave another shriek, and we saw it re-enter the niche and disappear.
"The Golden Magnet" by George Manville Fenn
In this amphitheatre we perforce remained for three days, having a far from pleasant time.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
In another instant, the impostor was standing upon the floor of a gigantic amphitheatre in Palestine.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
It was on one side of this little amphitheatre I had emerged from my gallery; and no doubt I was just under the edge of the hatchway.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
It was better to die on the open field than in the amphitheatre, argued Spartacus, and his followers agreed with him.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

Over the slopes in sun and shade
The terraced vines descend,
Like stately steps of a broad cascade,
Or an amphitheatre's seats, arrayed
In folds of sumptuous, gold brocade,
Where red and amber blend.
"After The Vintage" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Dave Matthews Band performs at Cruzan Amphitheatre .
The Dave Matthews Band performed for a sold out crowd at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach Friday night.
Justin Bieber, 'Twilight', Taylor Swift, 'Hunger Games' take top Teen Choice honors at Gibson Amphitheatre .
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco on the Peninsula, Shoreline Amphitheatre is the largest outdoor venue in the Bay Area.
Ford Amphitheatre Seeks Proposals For 2009 Summer Season Published July 10, 2008.
Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre perfect venue for "Dracula".
I heard that something spooky will be happening at the Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre ….Dracula.
The Eagles played the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta Wednesday night.
The Eagles played Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta.
Rome's Colosseum is the largest elliptical amphitheatre ever built in the Roman Empire.
Elton John at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre on Sept 7.
The town will again break the sound barrier for some performers at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, which has found louder shows more profitable than its symphonic roots.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday rallied thousands of supporters at the majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, casting his bid as a candidacy on the upswing and saying Democratic President Barack Obama's bid is waning.
Chris Bradshaw/Special to the Daily News Rush, the progressive rock band known for such hits as "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio," performs at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on Saturday, November 3.
Waka Flocka Flame performing at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.