stadium

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noun sta·di·um \ˈstā-dē-əm\

Definition of stadium

plural

stadia

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stadiums

  1. 1a :  any of various ancient Greek units of length ranging in value from 607 to 738 feet (about 185 to 225 meters)b :  an ancient Roman unit of length equal to 607 feet (185 meters)

  2. 2a :  a course for footraces in ancient Greece originally one stadium in lengthb :  a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running trackc :  a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events

  3. 3 [New Latin, from Latin] :  a stage in a life history; especially :  one between successive molts of an insect

Examples of stadium in a Sentence

  1. the football game will be held at the new stadium, which seats 100,000 people

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Origin and Etymology of stadium

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion


First Known Use: 14th century


STADIUM Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stadium for English Language Learners

  • : a very large usually roofless building that has a large open area surrounded by many rows of seats and that is used for sports events, concerts, etc.


STADIUM Defined for Kids

stadium

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noun sta·di·um \ˈstā-dē-əm\

Definition of stadium for Students

plural

stadiums

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stadia

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  1. :  a large usually outdoor structure with rows of seats for spectators at sports events



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