1. Sports An arena for equestrian shows.
2. An open-air stadium with an oval course for horse and chariot races in ancient Greece and Rome.
[French, from Old French ypodrome, from Latin hippodromos, from Greek : hippos, horse; see ekwo- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + dromos, racecourse.]
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