sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio) \
plural stadiums or stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə How to pronounce stadium (audio) \

Definition of stadium

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But that figure doesn’t include coaches, players, referees and stadium employees. Joshua Fechter,, "As coronavirus worsens, San Antonio officials vow strict enforcement of safety measures at Valero Alamo Bowl," 28 Dec. 2020 Shovels dug into the ground for a new football stadium at San Diego State. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Amid the pain, 2020 reminded us that sports matter," 27 Dec. 2020 That was not the case in New Orleans, where Second Harvest held its last large-scale distribution of the year at Zephyrs stadium on Dec. 17. Chad Calder | Staff Writer,, "Louisiana food banks brace for 'food cliff' as federal programs expire," 25 Dec. 2020 About 18 acres are available north of the stadium along the waterfront. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland to demolish 2 warehouses near FirstEnergy Stadium for 2021 NFL draft, future uses," 24 Dec. 2020 At the infamous 1979 Disco Demolition Night, a white Chicago rock DJ orchestrated the mass destruction of disco records at a baseball stadium. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Disco Defined 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 The stadium will also play host to numerous FIFA Club World Cup matches, including the opening match between Qatari champions Al Duhail and Auckland City of New Zealand on February 1, 2021. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "Qatar unveils 2022 FIFA World Cup venue Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium," 23 Dec. 2020 Temperature checks will be required of concertgoers before entering the stadium, and face masks will be mandatory. Matthew J. Palm,, "For 2021: Orlando Shakes changes, Philharmonic plans and United Arts grants," 22 Dec. 2020 No team in the NFL played in a home stadium that was, by percentage, more packed last season than the Chargers. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ dream of a spectacular SoFi Stadium debut was dashed. But 2021 holds hope," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stadium

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

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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30 Dec 2020

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“Stadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce stadium (audio) \
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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