Definition of arena
- the political arena
- in the public arena
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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First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
: 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
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