Definition of auditorium in English:

auditorium

noun

  • 1The part of a theatre, concert hall, or other public building in which the audience sits:

    ‘the stage was small and the auditorium had only 366 seats’
    • ‘The lights of the auditorium dim, the audience shuffles on their seats making sure they have a good view of the stage.’
    • ‘The new national theatre will need two auditoriums, a rehearsal space, a restaurant/bar, an education facility and an archive.’
    • ‘It will be better still when the actors' nerves settle and they learn to use the in-the-round auditorium so that we can hear every word.’
    • ‘For example, the projection of film in the darkened auditorium and its public reception are important elements of the cultural experience of film.’
    • ‘The debate was filmed by French television and Mr Cox answered questions from the news crew, with the audience in the auditorium as a back-drop.’
    • ‘There was a distinct buzz in the auditorium, cameras were filming the audience as they arrived, more cameras were fixed at the sides of the stage.’
    • ‘Bragg, who will also oversee that project, notes that the three auditoria will together hold more audience members than the National Theatre.’
    • ‘There is in the making a ruling to prohibit cell phones in all theatre auditoriums.’
    • ‘The sound of waves crashing played over this scene as the audience entered the auditorium.’
    • ‘She said she was a little nervous about shedding her clothes in the cosy auditorium, where the audience sits a few feet from the stage.’
    • ‘They have larger auditoriums, larger audiences, and larger runs.’
    • ‘In Reykjavik, the dark auditorium of the theatre glows with candles.’
    • ‘Bar, foyer and backstage are all much improved but the red-plush auditorium retains its intimate charm.’
    • ‘A feature of the theatre is that all the foyer areas and the auditorium are accessible to wheelchairs.’
    • ‘The gallery looks more like an old theatre auditorium, with a dress circle, an upper circle, and boxes on the sides.’
    • ‘At this conference, Ibrahim announced a special event and asked us all to remain in the auditorium.’
    • ‘The emphasis on the pastoral in Gregory Thompson's new production of As You Like It at the Swan is evident from the moment the audience enters the auditorium.’
    • ‘This time all three of the spaces at the Theatre Royal - the auditorium, the studio and the foyer - will be pressed into action.’
    theatre, hall, concert hall, conference hall, assembly hall, assembly room
    chamber, room
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  • 2North American A large building or hall used for public gatherings, typically speeches or stage performances:

    ‘the National Indoor Arena is a magnificent auditorium and one of Britain's premier indoor venues’
    • ‘Prospective developers have been told they must include a swimming pool and an auditorium in their plans for the centre but the sports facilities may well be closed.’
    • ‘Runners return to the auditorium, where the scenes which have just been shot are immediately shown to the audience.’
    • ‘All bidders have been told that public swimming, leisure facilities and an auditorium must be provided on the site.’
    • ‘Immediately adjacent to the hall are two auditoriums.’
    • ‘Gore called Bush on the telephone, wished him well and said he would make his way to a public auditorium to deliver a concession speech.’
    • ‘The ceremonies took place before a capacity audience in an auditorium adjacent to the competition site.’
    • ‘Town and district councillor Phillip Allnatt wanted to see the site used as a public auditorium with space for homes, a new library and a new bus station.’
    • ‘Neither can you smoke in public places such as parks, auditoriums and government buildings.’
    • ‘However, they hoped to get a glimpse of the Pope at a public gathering in an auditorium.’
    • ‘The sold-out event took place in the Old Cabell Hall auditorium, which seats about 850 people.’
    • ‘Chris could hear his name echoing through the halls of the auditorium.’
    • ‘A leisure centre complete with ice rink and an auditorium for rock concerts: not really the best place for a dignified ceremony.’
    • ‘Darling Harbour is the site for many conference centres, exhibition halls and auditoriums.’
    • ‘See the massive dance floors proposed for the auditorium and sports hall.’
    • ‘In his heyday, Nader could arrive at any college campus in the US and fill the largest auditorium with an audience of adoring students.’
    • ‘That evening, some York residents make their way to the concert in the new auditorium while others attend classes in everything from medieval art to kick-boxing.’
    • ‘This is the first fund-raising concert held by Music Network, an admirable organisation that brings affordable high quality music to regional areas that do not have the benefit of large concert halls or auditoriums.’
    assembly hall, assembly room, meeting room, large public room, chamber
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Origin

Early 17th century (originally in the general sense ‘a place for hearing’): from Latin, neuter of auditorius relating to hearing (see auditory).

Pronunciation

auditorium

/ɔːdɪˈtɔːrɪəm/