col·​i·​se·​um | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio) \

Definition of coliseum

1 capitalized : colosseum sense 1
2 : a large sports stadium or building designed like the Colosseum for public entertainments

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the local coliseum is a standard stop for rock bands on tour
Recent Examples on the Web About 2,000 people cheered as Holcomb was sworn in as the 51st governor Jan. 9, 2017, at the coliseum at the state fairgrounds. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb postpones inauguration events amid coronavirus pandemic," 20 Nov. 2020 The bright lights beaming down for a coliseum-like gymnasium. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Battle-tested Brebeuf Jesuit ready for Class 3A state final against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger," 6 Nov. 2020 The 91-year old monument to college football royalty is arguably the most recognizable building in Tuscaloosa and the latest round of updates only speaks to the investment the university has in the future of the 101,000-plus seat coliseum. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Replace Bryant-Denny Stadium? Idea for Bessemer complex floated in 80s.," 1 Oct. 2020 The coliseum is operated by the Arizona Exposition and State Fair Board. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes' Gila River Arena to serve as 2020 election voting center," 4 Sep. 2020 The Suns had plans to resume their season at the coliseum before the NBA decided to play in Orlando Bubble. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Suns, Mercury collaborate with state, county to make Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum a voting center," 3 Sep. 2020 The Crimson Tide football team stepped inside its empty coliseum for the first time in nine months and six days for Saturday’s first scrimmage with, perhaps, a different appreciation for it all. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How Alabama’s scrimmage soothed the soul and tested conditioning," 29 Aug. 2020 In Lake Charles, Louisiana, the National Guard was picking up residents in school buses and taking them to a local coliseum. Star Tribune, "Heeding warnings, Gulf Coast residents flee coming hurricane," 26 Aug. 2020 The win sent the Trail Blazers into the conference finals against Phoenix, with the opener set for Monday night in the coliseum. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: Portland beats San Antonio Spurs to advance to 1990 Western Conference finals for 2nd time in franchise history," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of coliseum

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coliseum

Medieval Latin Colosseum, Colisseum

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The first known use of coliseum was in 1660

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26 Nov 2020

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“Coliseum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coliseum

chiefly US : a large stadium or building for sports or entertainment


col·​i·​se·​um | \ ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio) \

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: a large structure (as a stadium) for athletic contests or public entertainment

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