noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

: 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

:  an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats
a :  an enclosed area used for public entertainment
b :  a building containing an arena
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

  1. Congress became an arena of opposing views.
  2. the toughest political arena in the world
  3. The economic arena has been dominated by that country.

Origin of ARENA

Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place
First Known Use: 1600

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


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