• (RP) IPA: /ˈæmfɪˌθiːətə/, /ˈæmfɪˌθɪətə/, /ˈæmfiˌθiːətə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈæm.pəˌθi.(j)ə.tɚ/, /ˈæm.fəˌθi.(j)ə.tɚ/

amphitheatre (plural amphitheatres)

  1. An open, outdoor theatre (which may be a theatre in the round, or have a stage with seating on only one side), especially one from the classical period of ancient Greece or Rome, or a modern venue of similar design.
    Ancient Roman amphitheatres were mostly oval or circular in plan, with seating tiers that surrounded the central performance area, like a modern open-air stadium.
  2. (geology) A natural formation of a similar shape, where a steep mountain or slope a particular rock formation forms a partial or compete bowl, especially one used as a performance space (and possibly modified by carving out seats, etc) because the slopes naturally amplify or echo sound.

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