arena

noun
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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Democratic presidential hopefuls are entering the arena in the dead of winter. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "DNC Says First 2 Primary Debates Could Have Up to 20 Presidential Contenders," 14 Feb. 2019 Madison Square Garden, arguably the world’s most famous arena, serves as a venue to all types of events: Drake concerts, the Professional Bull Riders Monster Energy Buck Off, and of course, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Chris Maggio, Vogue, "At Westminster, Very Good Dogs Put On A Very Good Show," 13 Feb. 2019 League of Legends League of Legends is a massive, complex MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game with an equally intriguing fan base and lore. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018 This harks back to why the K-pop superheroes are even in a position to hold arena concerts in America—the music. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Movie "Burn the Stage" Shows the Group's Unwavering Dedication to Their Music," 20 Nov. 2018 Then there are some extras, like the shooting range in the backyard and the massive flood lights on the roof that could light an entire concert arena. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "The Custom Basement In 'Halloween' Is The Best Part Of This Sequel," 23 Oct. 2018 As if the magnificent marble statues that encircle the arena weren’t enough of a draw, the 1980s-themed runway presentation was followed by a sumptuous dinner worthy of the ancient Romans and a post-prandial performance by Duran Duran. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, "The Experience Wars: Inside the Furious Fight for the Affections (and Dollars) of the World's Biggest Spenders," 20 Sep. 2018 The stadiums themselves are costly to maintain — estimates range from $2.8 million to $8 million a year for different arenas. James Ellingworth, Fox News, "Two months after WCup final, Russia police no longer relaxed," 15 Sep. 2018 For this new arena of competition, ULA is building a new workhorse rocket—a reusable one. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "A Workhorse Rocket Maker Tries to Touch the Sun—And Stay Relevant," 16 Aug. 2018

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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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arena

noun

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

arena

noun
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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