arena

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noun are·na \ ə-ˈrē-nə \

Definition of arena

1 :an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats
2 a :an enclosed area used for public entertainment
b :a building containing an arena
3 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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of arena

Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place

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ARENA Defined for English Language Learners

arena

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Definition of arena for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

arena

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noun are·na \ ə-ˈrē-nə \

Definition of arena for Students

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

History for 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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