Simple Definition of arena
: a building for sports and other forms of entertainment that has a large central area surrounded by seats
: an area of activity, interest, or competition
Full Definition of arena
1 : an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats
2 a : an enclosed area used for public entertainment b : a building containing an arena
3 a : a sphere of interest, activity, or competition <the political arena> b : a place or situation for controversy <in the public arena>
Examples of arena in a sentence
Congress became an arena of opposing views.
the toughest political arena in the world
The economic arena has been dominated by that country.
Origin of arena
Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place
First Known Use: 1600
ARENA Defined for Kids
Definition of arena for Students
1 : an enclosed area used for public entertainment <a skating arena>
2 : a building containing an enclosed area used for public entertainment
3 : a field of activity <the political arena>
History for arena
In ancient Rome gladiators fought in big outdoor theaters. These theaters had a large open space in the middle covered with sand. The Latin word for this space, harena, meant literally “sand.” The English word arena came from this Latin word.
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