noun sta·di·um \ˈstā-dē-əm\

: a very large usually roofless building that has a large open area surrounded by many rows of seats and that is used for sports events, concerts, etc.

plural -dia \-dē-ə\ or sta·di·ums

Full Definition of STADIUM

a :  any of various ancient Greek units of length ranging in value from 607 to 738 feet (about 185 to 225 meters)
b :  an ancient Roman unit of length equal to 607 feet (185 meters)
a :  a course for footraces in ancient Greece originally one stadium in length
b :  a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running track
c :  a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events
[New Latin, from Latin] :  a stage in a life history; especially :  one between successive molts of an insect

Examples of STADIUM

  1. <the football game will be held at the new stadium, which seats 100,000 people>

Origin of STADIUM

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion
First Known Use: 14th century

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STADIUMS Defined for Kids


noun sta·di·um \ˈstā-dē-əm\
plural sta·di·ums or sta·dia \ˈstā-dē-ə\

Definition of STADIUM for Kids

:  a large usually outdoor structure with rows of seats for spectators at sports events


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