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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Green was set to be a free agent at the end of the upcoming 2019-2020 season — the Warriors’ first in their new arena in The City — but this new deal is set to keep Green in blue and gold until the summer of 2024. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Draymond Green valued winning, legacy above cash in his new contract," 3 Aug. 2019 Carlos Santana, 72, headlined the hockey arena with his band that shares his surname. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Santana celebrates Woodstock at fiery Xcel Energy Center show with assist from the Doobie Brothers," 3 Aug. 2019 His firm hosted a meeting in June for potential corporate sponsors, DNC officials and others, focusing on ways to use Milwaukee’s downtown space, its arena and the nearby area around it. John Mccormick, WSJ, "One Year From Democratic Convention, Hunt Is On for Donors—and Hotel Rooms," 12 July 2019 Or the cultural center of the NBA outside their team headquarters, outside their arena. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Pistons can't attract a Kawhi Leonard. But they do have a reason for hope," 7 July 2019 Instead of being able to stage media conferences for those players in their home arenas, many teams will have to do the introductions on the fly, before cycling back to the photo opportunities. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Does Butler’s arrival mean less opportunity for Herro?," 4 July 2019 Gritty, a furry monster who's mute save for some squeaky hands, was coaxed out of hiding when the Flyers renovated their arena, the team said in his profile. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "A 7-year-old hockey fan wanted a prosthetic leg that repped his favorite team, and Gritty was happy to surprise him," 25 June 2019 The Warriors came in desperate to win for the fallen Durant and exit their threadbare but cherished home arena of 47 years in triumph. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Their First N.B.A. Championship," 13 June 2019 This was during time of college graduations and so many days our playing arena was unavailable. Washington Post, "Gustafson chronicles her pro basketball journey for the AP," 11 June 2019

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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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