Definition of hippodrome in English:

hippodrome

noun

  • 1[as name] A theatre or concert hall.

    ‘the Birmingham Hippodrome’
    • ‘No horse races took place at the Palermo hippodrome in the City of Buenos Aires on August 24 and 25.’
    • ‘The team has already run an F1 car around the Circus Maximus in Rome, and the historic Sultanahmet hippodrome in Istanbul's city centre.’
    playhouse, auditorium, amphitheatre, hippodrome, coliseum
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  • 2(in ancient Greece or Rome) a stadium for chariot or horse races.

    • ‘Chariot races staged in the hippodrome - always a crowd-pleaser - opened the games.’
    • ‘Many of Herod's structures are well preserved - the palace, aqueduct, hippodrome, and the amphitheater.’
    • ‘We've studied the foundations of temples, hippodromes and harbours and our task was to rebuild them from the ruins using the latest technology.’
    • ‘The most popular entertainments were the theater, frequently denounced by the clergy for nudity and immorality, and the races at the hippodrome.’
    • ‘The historic heart of Istanbul will welcome a parade of historic racing cars on the route of the ancient hippodrome.’
    • ‘About two miles away and once connected by an ancient colonnaded paved road is the largest existing Roman hippodrome found in the world.’
    • ‘But as in the conflicts between Blue and Green factions of the Byzantine hippodrome, minor affective preferences can have major political consequences.’
    • ‘Part of it was thrown into the hippodrome of the town, together with the Chakraswamin, an idol of bronze brought from Thanesar.’
    • ‘Both these treaties are shown on the base of the obelisk of Theodosius, erected in the hippodrome at Constantinople in 390, as triumphs of Roman arms.’
    stadium, arena, amphitheatre, coliseum, colosseum
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Origin

Late 16th century (in hippodrome): from French, via Latin from Greek hippodromos, from hippos horse + dromos race, course. The early sense led to the term's use as a grandiose name for a modern circus, later applied to other places of popular entertainment ( hippodrome, late 19th century).

Pronunciation:

hippodrome

/ˈhɪpədrəʊm/