arena

noun
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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Originally developed as an exclusive series for YouTube Red, Burn the Stage takes an inside look at RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook's lives on the 2017 Wings Tour, a voyage which included their first arena shows in America. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Movie "Burn the Stage" Shows the Group's Unwavering Dedication to Their Music," 20 Nov. 2018 With sky-high approval ratings in his own party, Mr. Trump’s imprimatur at an arena packed with thousands of energetic voters can help build momentum for Republican hopefuls. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "‘Never In My Wildest Dreams’: GOP Candidates Find Key to Winning Trump’s Strong Praise," 4 Aug. 2018 At this point, though, their brief residency at the arena is just a matter of meeting demand: All four shows are sold out, though there are tickets available on the resale market. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Pick-up day coincided with a trade show at the arena, and so many people attending the trade show wanted pot pies that the team took more orders and made a second batch. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Seawolves had to make a lot of pot pies to pay their way to a basketball tournament in Taiwan," 28 June 2018 The fighters had just wrapped up a media-day event at the arena. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Conor McGregor expresses regret over bus brawl after brief court appearance," 14 June 2018 Through June 15, Friday and Saturday nights at the arena feature a live DJ and laser light show. Valerie Bonk, Howard County Times, "10 ways to beat the heat in Howard County this summer," 6 June 2018 Taxpayers are still very much on the hook for the arena and have decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to go to pay it off. The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know Friday: Yum Center, Papa John's fallout and more," 13 July 2018 More than 3000 macaques live in enclosures like those or in larger open-air arenas. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 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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The first known use of arena was in 1600

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arena

noun

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

arena

noun
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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