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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Recent Examples on the Web Compared to the Colosseum, which could hold more than 50,000 people, the Turkish arena had a maximum capacity of between 15,000 and 20,000. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Ancient Turkey, Gladiators Fought at This Colosseum-Like Amphitheater," 23 Apr. 2021 The Bucks operate both Gather and the Mecca Sports Bar in the entertainment block outside the arena. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks are reopening the event space above Good City Brewing with a new name: Gather.," 23 Apr. 2021 Imposing carbon tariffs might make the contentious arena of agricultural tariffs look tame by comparison. Timothy Fitzgerald, National Review, "The Circular Firing Squad of Climate–Trade Negotiations," 22 Apr. 2021 So, his idea of sharing good products extended into the civic arena. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Advertising art showcased great talents: Yenke Peddler antiques," 22 Apr. 2021 The Bulls started the season without fans and allowed only essential personnel in the arena on game days. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Chicago sports teams and the COVID-19 vaccine: Who is getting the shots and what does it mean for fan attendance," 21 Apr. 2021 The arena is located inside the Mesquite Championship Rodeo and has 5,500-seats. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, "Air Supply is coming to Mesquite this month on anniversary tour," 21 Apr. 2021 To enter the grocery arena, the company acquired Whole Foods Market and its distribution channels and retail locations in one $13.7 billion-dollar gulp. Washington Post, "How big tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions," 21 Apr. 2021 Young Americans in the business arena are more likely to identify as liberal than conservative. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "Here’s How Young People Are Pushing Businesses to Take a Stand," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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26 Apr 2021

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“Arena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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