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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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 Construction around the convention center has included new hotels and a DePaul University basketball arena. Ryan Ori,, "Almost 900 homes planned for former Harold Ickes site," 10 July 2018 France saw Iraq as a promising arena for oil deals. The Economist, "How Iraq was deprived of its weapons of mass destruction," 5 July 2018 When this occurs, the social environment is restructured into a simplistic arena of opponents and allies. Nicholas T. Davis And Steven Miller, Vox, "Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand," 2 July 2018 Other amenities include a Topgolf Swing Suite with 11 bays, a 5,500-seat arena, 70,000 square-feet of retail space and HQ2, a reboot of the popular HQ nightclub operated at Revel. Robert Digiacomo, USA TODAY, "New Hard Rock Casino gives Atlantic City a hot hand," 29 June 2018 The move would replace Festival Pier’s makeshift concert venue – essentially, a party tent in a parking lot – with a deluxe, 6,000-seat open-air arena. Inga Saffron,, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 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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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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