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 Centurion American has been working on the 52-acre project for more than two years on land near the Mesquite Championship Rodeo arena, which Centurion American owns. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New Mesquite urban community will bring more than 300 homes," 4 May 2021 Coldplay is set to open the 2021 Brit Awards on May 11 performing on a pontoon on the Thames near The O2 arena, where the show is being held. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Coldplay Set to Open 2021 Brit Awards," 3 May 2021 Aside from live music inside and outside of the arena, food and drink specials and fan activities, the team's corporate partners are involved in fan giveaways. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes' first game on Cinco de Mayo will be celebration of fans, new thinking," 1 May 2021 Luna, where the entertainment will evolve from day to night. Hero Zone: A futuristic arena where imagination will meet active play. Tim Walters, USA TODAY, "Disney Wish, the new ship from Disney Cruise Line, has 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen,' superheroes and more," 30 Apr. 2021 Though punctuated by applause and cheers from each family as a name was called, much of the ceremony occurred in the strange ringing silence of a very large, nearly empty basketball arena. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How a COVID ‘make-up’ college graduation ceremony actually made up for a lot," 30 Apr. 2021 The arena, which is home to the New York Red Bulls, of M.L.S., had cost around two hundred million dollars to build; the city of Harrison had chipped in forty million dollars to buy and clean the land. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Transformation of a Soccer Club, and the Ways We Value Women’s Sports," 30 Apr. 2021 The opener was played at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, with the Warriors' own primary home arena, the Cow Palace, unavailable. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Memorable moments from every game of the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks championship season," 29 Apr. 2021 Its arena, concert hall, exhibition rooms and playhouse host most of the city’s large conventions, shows and performances. Lee Roop |, al, "Von Braun Center ceiling collapse won’t stop shows, games in Huntsville," 28 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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8 May 2021

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“Arena.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 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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