Definition of vomitory in English:



  • 1Denoting the entrance or exit passages in a theater or amphitheater.

    • ‘The vomitories may have simple ‘bracelet’ vertical gangways or be joined by horizontal gangways as well.’
    • ‘‘No, no! ‘she shouted involuntarily, rising from her seat, but the spectators were already stampeding to the vomitories, flooding the imperial box, overwhelming the guards.’’
    • ‘Can't you hear the announcer… ‘Let's greet the visitors, coming through their vomitory, with an appropriate sound…’’
    • ‘Additional seats mean additional revenue event after event, and the company can help you add seating even in the vomitories.’
    • ‘On the upper concourse the entrance tunnels to the seating, known as vomitories, used a mix of precast and in situ walls.’
    • ‘By Opening Day 2008, the stadium will feature new bullpens that will be perpendicular to the field, expanded dugout and crown seating and expanded vomitories - the tunnel-like passages between the seats and the outside walls - in the stadium.’
    • ‘Terraces with more than 23 rows, and most second tier terraces, will usually have vomitories.’
    • ‘The area inside Gate D has long been one of the most crowded areas on the concourses in part because all fans had to enter through the lower vomitories at the field level.’
    • ‘Similarly, the terrace units, vomitories and step units are delivered to site for immediate positioning onto prepared bearings, either precast raker beams or steelwork.’
  • 2rare Relating to or inducing vomiting.



Early 17th century: from Latin vomitorius, based on vomere to vomit partly as an Anglicization of Latin vomitorium (see vomitorium).