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arena

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noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

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. 1 :  an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats

  2. 2 a :  an enclosed area used for public entertainment b :  a building containing an arena

  3. 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

  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

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ARENA Defined for Kids

arena

play
noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

Definition of arena

  1. 1 :  an enclosed area used for public entertainment <a skating arena>

  2. 2 :  a building containing an enclosed area used for public entertainment

  3. 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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