arena

noun

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

Congress became an arena of opposing views. the toughest political arena in the world The economic arena has been dominated by that country.
Recent Examples on the Web The end result has led to the arena successfully housing two teams without much friction. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2024 During her time there, which began in 2018 as president of original programming, Posch launched several series, including A Black Lady Sketch Show, and pushed the company into other arenas, from non-scripted to film. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2024 The British producer and electronic music artist springboards from his pop-up show at the iconic Sydney Opera House to a six-date arena run of Sydney and Melbourne next month, plus the promise of another surprise show on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2024 Bielsa coached Athletic Club, whose San Mamés arena hosts the fixture on March 23, between 2011 and 2013. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 But there's no dispute that the Milwaukee Bucks arena has brought significantly more arena shows to the city each year. Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 But the 11,200-seat arena hosted everything from circus acts to rock concerts. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 25 Feb. 2024 But after two years of cheerleading for the reconfigured WBD, the questions are getting sharper and the patience for a turnaround in the streaming arena is running thin. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 24 Feb. 2024 The money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was to go toward a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi. Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 24 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arena was in 1600

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Cite this Entry

“Arena.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arena. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

arena

noun
are·​na ə-ˈrē-nə How to pronounce arena (audio)
1
: an enclosed area used for public entertainment
2
: a building containing an arena
3
: a field of activity
the political arena

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