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

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ARENA Defined for Kids


noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

Definition of ARENA for Kids

:  an enclosed area used for public entertainment <a skating arena>
:  a building containing an enclosed area used for public entertainment
:  a field of activity <the political arena>

Word History of 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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