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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The album’s sound would prove massively influential on the next decade of radio rock and synth-pop, and continues to be celebrated by arena-filling and avant-leaning musicians alike. Ashley Iasimone, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ric Ocasek, Lead Singer of The Cars, Dies at 75," 16 Sep. 2019 The arena plan stems from the original PDNG plan O'Rourke supported, according to documents obtained by his legal team, Grossman said. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Beto O'Rourke's City Council record in El Paso has some Latinos troubled," 13 Sep. 2019 This week, four women officiated National Hockey League prospect tournaments in arenas throughout the United States. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 9/9-9/13," 13 Sep. 2019 Ronstadt won 10 Grammys, regularly sold out massive arenas and had 11 platinum-selling albums. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Linda Ronstadt documentary packs an emotional punch," 12 Sep. 2019 Ronstadt won 10 Grammys, regularly sold out massive arenas and had 11 platinum-selling albums. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ stirs the soul," 12 Sep. 2019 Last weekend, the Republican National Committee ran ads on an electronic billboard outside of an arena in Manchester, N.H., where nearly the entire field of Democratic presidential contenders were addressing a state party convention. Fox News, "Trump campaign flying banner over debate site to blast 2020 Dems as socialists," 12 Sep. 2019 For the first time since the Golden State Warriors’ new arena opened, there will be concurrent events at Oracle Park and Chase Center this week. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Traffic jam: Giants games, Chase Center concerts put Mission Bay to the test," 10 Sep. 2019 Concertgoers can get free rides on Muni, including special arena express bus lines 78X and 79X from the 16th Street Mission BART station. Michael Cabanatuan,, "SF Giants game, Chase Center concert present first big traffic test," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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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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