sta·​di·​um | \ ˈstā-dē-əm How to pronounce stadium (audio) \
plural stadiums or stadia\ ˈstā-​dē-​ə How to pronounce stadia (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 Beckham’s team will play in Fort Lauderdale for at least its first two seasons and is still planning to build a stadium in Miami. Tim Reynolds,, "David Beckham’s Inter Miami to play MLS home opener March 14," 13 Nov. 2019 This month, new government data shows the little girl is one of an unprecedented 69,550 migrant children held in U.S. government custody over the past year, enough infants, toddlers, kids, and teens to overflow a typical NFL stadium. Fortune, "Migrant Children Held This Year by U.S. Nears a Record 70,000," 12 Nov. 2019 Alibaba kicked off the event Sunday night with a concert by Taylor Swift at a Shanghai stadium. Washington Post, "China’s Alibaba, JD report booming Singles Day sales," 12 Nov. 2019 Seattle wanted to be on display, wanted to show how soccer-mad the area was, wanted the showcase of playing for a championship with a stadium crammed full of green. Author: Tim Booth, Anchorage Daily News, "Sounders claim 2nd title in 4 years, beating Toronto FC 3-1," 11 Nov. 2019 Basically, if your product is Eminem don’t put it in front of a stadium full of Ronan Keating lovers, neither will benefit. Abhik Choudhury, Quartz India, "A dummies guide to running brand campaigns on TikTok in India," 11 Nov. 2019 Ruzhou is home to a number of white-elephant projects, including a stadium and sports complex turned e-commerce center, now largely unused. New York Times, "How Bad Is China’s Debt? A City Hospital Is Asking Nurses for Loans," 10 Nov. 2019 The approach the city took to getting a supermarket in the North End was to build a stadium with a supermarket tied to it. Eliza Fawcett,, "Meet the new members of the Hartford City Council," 9 Nov. 2019 Rashod Bateman had seven receptions for a stadium record 203 yards, while Tyler Johnson chipped in seven for 104 yards. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers avoid teeth of Penn State’s rush defense by throwing to 31-26 win," 9 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Nov 2019

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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 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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