colosseum

noun

col·​os·​se·​um ˌkä-lə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce colosseum (audio)
1
capitalized : an amphitheater built in Rome in the first century a.d.
2

Examples of colosseum in a Sentence

run 10 laps around the colosseum
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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, from Latin, neuter of colosseus colossal, from colossus

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of colosseum was in 1809

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Cite this Entry

“Colosseum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colosseum. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

colosseum

noun
col·​os·​se·​um ˌkäl-ə-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce colosseum (audio)
1
capitalized : an outdoor arena built in Rome in the first century a.d.
2
Etymology

Latin, from colosseus "colossal," derived from colossus "colossus"

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