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 The weather in Phoenix was spectacular, the stadium roof was open. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 These will include noise-canceling headphones and handheld items designed to relieve stress during games at the fervent Benito Villamarín stadium. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Earlier this week, a crowd of 3,125 gave UC a stadium sellout and the largest crowd in UC Baseball history. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 Fans roared from the stadium benches and coaches took to the diamond with joy. Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Like the time in 2015 when club officials — incensed at the award of a late penalty kick against Trabzonspor — locked a referee inside the stadium for hours and refused to release him. New York Times, 13 May 2022 This is a weird game in a weird spot on the schedule in a stadium no one wants to visit, especially on New Year’s Day. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 12 May 2022 But as the team was defeated by the Ukraine men’s national squad, 2-1, on Wednesday night, the German stadium erupted in cheers. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Saturday was the first Milwaukee stadium concert since Billy Joel in April 2019. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Stadium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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