arena

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noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

Definition of arena

  1. 1 :  an area in a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats

  2. 2a :  an enclosed area used for public entertainmentb :  a building containing an arena

  3. 3a :  a sphere of interest, activity, or competition the political arenab :  a place or situation for controversy in the public arena

Examples of arena in a Sentence

  1. Congress became an arena of opposing views.

  2. the toughest political arena in the world

  3. The economic arena has been dominated by that country.

Origin and Etymology of arena

Latin harena, arena sand, sandy place


First Known Use: 1600

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ARENA Defined for English Language Learners

arena

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noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

Definition of arena for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ARENA Defined for Kids

arena

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noun are·na \ə-ˈrē-nə\

Definition of arena for Students

  1. 1 :  an enclosed area used for public entertainment a skating arena

  2. 2 :  a building containing an enclosed area used for public entertainment

  3. 3 :  a field of activity the political arena

History for arena

In ancient Rome gladiators fought in big outdoor theaters. These theaters had a large open space in the middle covered with sand. The Latin word for this space, harena, meant literally “sand.” The English word arena came from this Latin word.



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