sta·​di·​um ˈstā-dē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio)
plural stadiums or stadia ˈstā-dē-ə How to pronounce stadium (audio)
: a large usually roofless building with tiers of seats for spectators at sports events
: a tiered structure with seats for spectators surrounding an ancient Greek running track
: a course for footraces in ancient Greece
: any of various ancient Greek units of length ranging in value from 607 to 738 feet (about 185 to 225 meters)
: an ancient Roman unit of length equal to 607 feet (185 meters)
[New Latin, from Latin] : a stage in a life history
especially : one between successive molts of an insect

Examples of stadium in a Sentence

the football game will be held at the new stadium, which seats 100,000 people
Recent Examples on the Web For the tournament, and cricket, to gain a foothold in communities, all the franchises will need their own stadiums, but that still appears a few years off. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Last October, the team played an exhibition game inside the university’s football stadium, and more than fifty-five thousand people came to watch. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 No longer constrained by Pac-12 rules, the Bruins are shifting part of the student section directly behind opposing teams at the Rose Bowl and here’s betting there will be more fun developments in the months to come in an effort to get every possible man, woman and child back to the old stadium. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Oakland Athletics was approved to move to Las Vegas, and the team hopes a new stadium will be built by 2028. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 The lawsuit argues that Senate Bill 1, which will provide $380 million of public money to the A’s for their new stadium, was passed unconstitutionally. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 In 2020, after a 40-32 road win over the Chiefs, then-Raiders coach Jon Gruden took his players on a victory lap around the stadium in the team bus. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 The broadcast included many shots of Swift watching the action from a suite in the stadium and the couple hugged and kissed at the end of the game. Rob Golum, Fortune, 13 Feb. 2024 The stadium, located some five miles from New York City, has a capacity of 82,500 spectators and currently hosts the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin, from Greek stadion

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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

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“Stadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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sta·​di·​um ˈstād-ē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio)
plural stadia
or stadiums
: a course for footraces in ancient Greece with rows of seats for spectators
plural usually stadiums : a large usually roofless building with rows of seats for spectators at modern sports events

Middle English stadium "a course for races in ancient Greece, a large structure for sports events," from Latin stadium (same meaning), from Greek stadion "a course for footraces, a unit of measurement"

Word Origin
A stadion in ancient Greece was a unit of measurement equal to about 180 meters. One of the most important events in the ancient Olympic Games was a footrace exactly one stadion long. The course on which the race was run, including the raised seats from which spectators watched, was also known as a stadion. This word was later borrowed into Latin as stadium. In time, it also came to be used to refer to larger structures in which different kinds of athletic contests were held. That is how the English word stadium is usually used.

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