Definition of coliseum in English:


Syllabification: col·i·se·um
Pronunciation: /ˌkäləˈsēəm
(also colosseum)


[in names]
  • A large theater or stadium: the Charlotte Coliseum
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    • The actors will also begin by standing at the bar, and the audience can move about to watch from all angles, recalling the theatre-in-the-round sightlines of a coliseum.
    • With its grid-pattern streets, one of France's best preserved colosseums, an amphitheatre and underground crypts much of this town has escaped the influence of the 20th century.
    • There are abandoned temples, coliseums, amphitheaters, ruins of old, ruined Greek-Roman fortresses - there are even alleyways of destroyed ancient cities.


late 19th century: from medieval Latin, alteration of Latin colosseum (see Colosseum).

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