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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As a bonus, though, the change is expected to cut down wait times to get into the stadium on game day. Katherine Fominykh,, "Ravens announce digital ticketing for game days, new 4K video boards at M&T Bank Stadium," 12 July 2018 No fan can get into a World Cup stadium without one. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "The World Cup’s Hot New Accessory Comes With a Few Questions," 3 July 2018 The FanID Is Actually Helpful The FanID comes with perks beyond getting into the stadiums. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Lessons Learned at the Russia World Cup," 27 June 2018 Onward into the stadium, the letters F-O-R-T-N-I-T-E could be seen spelled out in white against the purple backdrop of the entire eastern half of the venue’s seating area. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s celebrity tournament felt like a trial run for Epic’s grand e-sports ambitions," 17 June 2018 An hour prior to the game, a video of Christiano Ronaldo walking into the stadium in Russia came on the television. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Portuguese Club Of Hartford Enjoys World Cup Viewing Party In New Britain," 17 June 2018 Few felt like talking, their concern directed at getting into the stadium ahead of the 7:30 p.m. ceremony. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe pauses to celebrate graduates two weeks after school shooting," 1 June 2018 As the sixth inning was set to begin, a goose swooped into the stadium and took turns flying, waddling and flapping around the field while avoiding any and all on-field personnel. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "Comerica Park plays host to wild goose chase — literally," 30 May 2018 The bombing of the stadium was foiled, but that night haunts this moment, and the desire for a time of celebration and communion in the streets of Paris. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 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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