col·​i·​se·​um | \ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm \

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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Synonyms for coliseum


bowl, circus, colosseum, stadium

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Examples of coliseum in a Sentence

the local coliseum is a standard stop for rock bands on tour

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The day in question, June 22nd 1994, was a typically scorching occasion inside California's Rose Bowl Stadium - a veritable modern day coliseum if ever there was one., "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - The Own Goal That Killed Andres Escobar," 13 May 2018 An important center of life under the Romans, with a significant port and a magnificent coliseum of its own, Arles was later to flourish in the 18th century. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Brief History of the Arlesienne Fashion Plates Who Inspired Alessandro Michele’s Cruise Collection," 8 June 2018 The modern, coliseum-sized Birmingham Arena was draped with the advertising slogans of a number of familiar brands. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Going to an e-sport event is like traveling back to the time when people followed sports for the sport," 30 May 2018 Super Bowl of cockfighting: Every year since 1963, the Philippines hosts the World Slasher Cup, a five-day series of more than 600 matches held in a metro Manila coliseum. Globe Staff,, "Cockfighting: A bit of history," 30 May 2018 He was buried after a service at Live Oak County's coliseum that brought out much of his hometown of Three Rivers. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "As the long war rages on, a Ranger’s sacrifice is remembered," 27 May 2018 Authorities found Mapes near the coliseum, and he was later charged with a misdemeanor. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Stadium and team owners see drones as major league threat," 11 May 2018 Thousands of people will pack the coliseum to watch horses and riders in various breeds and skills demonstrations. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Horse rescue groups say they've been slighted at Wisconsin's Midwest Horse Fair," 6 Apr. 2018 History: The coliseum initially served as the home arena for the Western Hockey League's Phoenix Roadrunners and the National Basketball Association's Phoenix Suns. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Raze or renovate? Arizona State Fairgrounds faces uncertain future," 14 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of coliseum

: a large stadium or building for sports or entertainment


col·​i·​se·​um | \ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm \

Kids Definition of coliseum

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

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