Definition of arena in English:

arena

Syllabification: a·re·na
Pronunciation: /əˈrēnə
 
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noun

  • 1A level area surrounded by seats for spectators, in which sports, entertainments, and other public events are held.
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    • Whole towns could be surrounded, or a mile-wide dragnet thrown over an area which contained sporting arenas.
    • We need to build new stadia and other sporting arenas promptly in order not to be disadvantaged at critical times.
    • I had seen pictures of sports arenas and Coliseums but I had never actually been inside one.
    Synonyms
    stadium; amphitheater, coliseum; sportsplex; field, ring, court; bowl, park, ground; rink, ice rink
    historical circus
  • 1.1A place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict: he has re-entered the political arena
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    • During the week running up to the meeting the campus was transformed into an arena of political debate.
    • These arguments have now been tested in a political arena for the first time.
    • It is high time we gave shape to a new culture, where each arena of activity is given its due place.
    Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin harena, arena 'sand, sand-strewn place of combat'.

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