An oval or circular building with rising tiers of seating about an open area labeled as the arena
- a sloping gallery with seats for spectators (like in an operating area or movie theater)
- an oval huge arena with tiers of seats; an arena by which competitions and spectacles are held
- Alt. of Amphitheatre
belated 14c., from Latin amphitheatrum, from Greek amphitheatron "double movie theater, amphitheater," neuter of amphitheatros "with spectators all-around," from amphi- "on both edges" (see amphi-) + theatron "theater" (identify movie theater). Traditional theaters had been semi-circles, hence two collectively made an amphi-theater.
- amphitheatre [Br.]
(n.) Alt. of Amphitheatre
He half expected a bevy of uniforms to break down his door before the sun peeked over the amphitheater east of Ouray, signaling another day.