col·​i·​se·​um ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio)
capitalized : colosseum sense 1
: a large sports stadium or building designed like the Colosseum for public entertainments

Examples of coliseum in a Sentence

the local coliseum is a standard stop for rock bands on tour
Recent Examples on the Web The coliseum held the first indoor rodeo arena in the country, and the very first live radio broadcast of a rodeo was recorded here. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 14 Aug. 2023 Although a small portion of the Jim Norick arena will be demolished to make room for the coliseum, the arena will be fully operational during all phases of construction, fairgrounds spokesman Scott Munz said. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Currently, the coliseum is home to the Horizon League Basketball Championships and IUPUI men's basketball. Indystar Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 29 June 2023 The coliseum in Oakland was once home to great teams and great times, but attendance has plummeted in recent years. Gary Washburn,, 20 June 2023 The historic coliseum located on the Indiana State Fairgrounds has been home to countless horse shows and high school graduations, and is where the Beatles played their only Indiana concert and where John F. Kennedy once campaigned for the presidency. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Mar. 2021 The Arizona Secretary of State's Office has many concerns about the processes the auditors have used for tracking ballots and keeping them secure, saying that the security at the coliseum has not been adequate and their observers have seen ballots misplaced and left unattended. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Bexar County staff will monitor conditions at the coliseum. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration has established temporary facilities for the young migrants at convention centers in San Diego and Dallas, a coliseum and expo center in San Antonio, a former oil camp in Midland, Texas, and at Fort Bliss, Texas. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin Colosseum, Colisseum

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coliseum was in 1660

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“Coliseum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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col·​i·​se·​um ˌkäl-ə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce coliseum (audio)
: a large structure (as a stadium) for athletic contests or public entertainment

from the Latin spelling used in the Middle Ages for the Colosseum, a great outdoor arena in ancient Rome

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