are·​na | \ ə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce arena (audio) \

Definition of arena

1 : an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats
2a : an enclosed area used for public entertainment
b : a building containing an arena
3a : a sphere of interest, activity, or competition the political arena
b : a place or situation for controversy in the public arena

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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.
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But Marion Marechal, a former star lawmaker who’s still only in her 20s, is now tip-toeing back into the political arena, and is already causing trouble. Washington Post, "Rising French far-right star resurfaces and flirts with fire," 8 July 2019 Ahead of the match, David and Harper posed for a photo outside of the arena. Joelle Goldstein,, "David Beckham Kisses Daughter Harper as They Enjoy a Family Fun Day at the Soccer World Cup," 27 June 2019 The duo also took on the issue of crowd size issue from its seats in the upper deck of the arena. Todd Stewart,, "Stephen Colbert sent his ‘Real News Tonight’ team to Trump’s Orlando rally | Video," 20 June 2019 Pipeline frustration in western Canada has boiled over in the political arena. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada to Proceed With Trans Mountain Pipeline Project," 18 June 2019 Other parts of the arena could become a black box performance space, Pasternak said., "In an old laser tag arena, a new high school hopes to set 'a future example’ for learning," 4 June 2019 The campaign ad has attracted attention far beyond the political arena. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Why this U.S. House candidate in Colorado got pepper sprayed in the face on purpose," 13 June 2018 This month, 250 migrants from Africa arrived in this northeastern city of roughly 67,000 residents in the span of just a week, overflowing the overflow space and forcing Portland to hastily convert a basketball arena into an emergency shelter. New York Times, "Maine Needed New, Young Residents. African Migrants Began Arriving by the Dozens.," 23 June 2019 Well, Saturday night, on the fourth stop of his tour’s North American leg, Jackman filled St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center with an impressively diverse crowd of about 14,000 fans ready to whoop it up with a movie star in a hockey arena. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Hugh Jackman earns the ‘Greatest Showman’ title in campy, engaging show at the X," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of arena

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for arena

Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place

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The first known use of arena was in 1600

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English Language Learners 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


are·​na | \ ə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce arena (audio) \

Kids Definition of arena

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

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