sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm \
plural stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə \ or stadiums

Definition of stadium

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)
2a : a course for footraces in ancient Greece originally one stadium in length
b : a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running track
c : a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events
3 [ New Latin, from Latin ] : a stage in a life history especially : one between successive molts of an insect

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Synonyms for stadium


bowl, circus, coliseum, colosseum

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Examples of stadium in a Sentence

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

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VARs, four to a game, sat with monitor operators trained to find the best camera angles before feeding decisions back to referees on the pitch in stadiums. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women’s World Cup," 4 Feb. 2019 For the fastest and heaviest drones covered by the proposal, the agency envisions allowing flights over some large crowds such as concerts or athletic events in closed stadiums as long as attendees are notified. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People," 14 Jan. 2019 As of this year, some of the initiatives allowed women to obtain licenses to drive for the first time and attend sporting matches in select stadiums in the country. Krysia Lenzo, Fox News, "Saudi woman makes history as country's first female evening news anchor," 24 Sep. 2018 Some of these covers were performed in stadiums with thousands of people watching, while others are selfie videos. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "18 Powerful Tributes to Aretha Franklin’s Music," 16 Aug. 2018 In late July of 1998, The Wall Street Journal ran an in-depth story on virtual signage, a then-recent phenomenon being pioneered in baseball stadiums. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Satellite rescue mission: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 4 Aug. 2018 Both take place in large stadiums under bright lights with players in shiny uniforms, broadcast to a national television audience. Andy Benoit,, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Exhibits detailing the history of Mexicans and Koreans and Ghanaians in America could arrive in American stadiums with their respective national teams. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 And while there’s plenty of drama going down in Russia’s stadiums right now, there’s also lots of drama heating up the basketball courts elsewhere. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of stadium

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stadium

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion

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The first known use of stadium was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stadium

: 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.


sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm \
plural stadiums or stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə \

Kids Definition of stadium

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

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