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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New York’s museums are suddenly turning their attention to a different group of artistic greats—as in those who have made their mark playing in arenas and amphitheaters. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Museum Exhibits Are Ready to Rock," 11 Apr. 2019 Especially with the rise of social media, new terms are coined all the time, including in the arena of sexuality. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "17 Sex Terms You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask About, Defined," 20 Sep. 2018 On the other hand, this trailer’s got a zombified tiger, the Titanic, a Roman arena, and some very dumb takes on Nietzsche. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Star Citizen is sued by a backer, The Culling 2 is yanked from Steam and more," 20 July 2018 During her 37 years with the MMAC, Powers helped with the organization's efforts to make Miller Park a reality, create school choice programs, bring businesses to Milwaukee, build the new Bucks arena and increase diversity in the workplace. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Obituary: Mary Ellen Powers was a behind-the-scenes force in Milwaukee's business community," 13 July 2018 There is a 6,263-square-foot guest home and manager's dwelling plus a barn with a saloon, indoor arena and racetrack. Janet Eastman,, "The most expensive homes in each of Oregon's counties (photos)," 12 June 2018 The fest will feature two large outdoor stages: one in the parking lot next to the arena, and one right in front of the beautiful Livestock Exchange Building. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "June is a banner month for music, from Middle of the Map Fest to Boulevardia," 29 May 2018 But the big-picture promise for the league is that of home and away matches, where each team plays games out of arenas in their respective cities, much like in professional sports leagues like the NBA or NFL. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Blizzard’s Overwatch League will have its first home games in Atlanta, Dallas, and LA next year," 12 Dec. 2018 The setup Sunday was a large traditional stage at the west end of the arena and a smaller circle stage at the east end, linked by a long, elevated walkway. Matthew Hay Brown,, "In Washington, U2 traces its history on 'Experience + Innocence' tour," 18 June 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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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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