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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Beckham's team is set to pitch city commissioners Thursday (July 12) on the plan to turn the course into an immense stadium and retail complex., "Reports: Tests indicate tainted soil beneath surface of Melreese site, eyed for Beckham soccer stadium," 12 July 2018 Esports has long struggled to to reconcile its grassroots base with the allure of stadiums and broadcast finals, and sometimes the scrying light of greater viewership illuminates things that had been left in the shadows. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 Their efforts can be seen in the hiring of the Aspire Group in 2016, the seat backs being sold in the stadium and most recently the coaches roadshow, among other things. Kelli Stacy,, "Historically Low Attendance At UConn Men's Basketball, Football Games As Programs Try To Rebuild," 10 July 2018 By taking advantage of the city’s wealth of existing stadiums and sporting arenas, organizers and local government don’t have to engage in any infrastructure boondoggles. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 One played home games in Bet365 Stadium, and virtually all games featured in-game advertising on stadium signage. Rick Maese,, "A safe bet: Legal gambling could change the way we watch, talk and experience sports," 5 July 2018 Akinfeev guessed right to stop Spain’s third kick from Koke, then produced an incredible stop with his outstretched left cleat to keep out Iago Aspas, sending the stadium – and the country – into delirium. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Whatever happens, Vladimir Putin is winning the World Cup," 1 July 2018 The hardest story to write — for someone with a newspaper path like mine, which is increasingly rare — is the one that confronts you a long way from packed stadiums and bright lights and important games. Bob Ford,, "Annapolis newspaper shooting hits home for this writer, because all of us in journalism have been there | Bob Ford," 29 June 2018 Here's a look at the origin of the names of our arenas, stadiums and venues. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Amid attendance woes, Orioles and Ravens aggressively court fans," 25 June 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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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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