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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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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The sixth annual Canal Park Festival of Beers is 4-7 p.m. at the Akron RubberDucks’ stadium. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes Brewing Co. anniversary party, Sips & Swigs, more," 2 Sep. 2019 The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was halted for 10 minutes during the first half by referee Clement Turpin, with players escorted off the pitch at Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium. Ben Church, CNN, "Homophobic banners stopped a top-flight soccer match in France," 29 Aug. 2019 The 16-ounce aluminum bottles are also a first for Four Peaks, and are better for the environment than glass, safer for drinking at the stadium and overall more portable. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Four Peaks has released an Arizona Cardinals-themed beer. Here's where to get it," 26 Aug. 2019 Tonight’s highly anticipated game between the #Yankees and #RedSox took place at London stadium, Olympic Park. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's All-Female Team Is a First for the Royal Family," 23 Aug. 2019 Thousands of people who planned to camp during three days of Phish concerts at a stadium outside the city will no longer be able to because of concerns that fleas in and around nearby prairie dog burrows could spread the plague. USA TODAY, "‘Stranger’ tourists, Phish and the plague, kinkajou attack: News from around our 50 states," 22 Aug. 2019 The free, lighter practice will give fans a chance to see the World Cup champions prepare for their exhibition against Portugal on Sept. 3 at the St. Paul stadium. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "U.S. women’s national team hosts open practice at Allianz Field on Sept. 2," 21 Aug. 2019 His popularity has seen the signing of a petition with over 70,000 signatures from fans asking he be accorded a state funeral at Félix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The legacy of DJ Arafat and how he took the Coupé Décalé sound to the world," 17 Aug. 2019 The avid soccer player was remembered as a fun-loving teen who was a good teammate during a vigil held Monday at the Horizon High School football stadium in El Paso. Jamie Stengle, Houston Chronicle, "Families gather to remember victims of El Paso shooting," 9 Aug. 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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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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