are·na | \ə-ˈrē-nə \

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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My hope is that Trump keeps his dumbass questions in-house and just displays his stupidity on a local or national stage instead of taking it to a worldwide arena. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Trump Didn’t Know the Difference Between HIV and HPV, so Bill Gates Explained It to Him—Twice," 18 May 2018 Oakley was previously arrested last year following an altercation at Madison Square Garden, but he was later cleared of charges as part of an agreement that, among other things, barred him from visiting the arena for a year. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Former NBA All-Star Charles Oakley arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly cheating at casino," 12 July 2018 His ensuing second tour launched earlier this year in Europe and will keep him in arenas worldwide through November. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, July 10," 10 July 2018 Legend has it that Steve Jobs wore the same style of Issey Miyake turtleneck and jeans every day to eliminate wasted mental energy—fewer decisions about what to wear equals more brain space to innovate in other arenas. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Wardrobe NYC Launches a Sport Capsule Complete With Exclusive New Adidas Sneakers," 10 July 2018 This underlining of drama is an arena in which both Bella and Cena excel. Rebecca Farley,, "John Cena & Nikki Bella May Just Win The 2018 Summer Of Love," 6 July 2018 Gambino is gearing up to head out on a headlining arena tour alongside Rae Sremmurd this fall. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Childish Gambino Brings Ultimate Summer Vibes With Two New Tracks: Listen," 11 July 2018 Melinda Katz, the Queens Borough president, has favored the development of a soccer stadium or a hockey arena at Willets Point. New York Times, "Hunt for New York City F.C.’s Stadium Site Is Back Where It Began: the Bronx," 11 July 2018 Rain was pouring off the roof of the venue, a cavernous arena used for rodeos, as Cruz arrived. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 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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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 \

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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a state of commotion or excitement

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