Definition of coliseum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkäləˈsēəm/
(also colosseum)


[in names]
A large theater or stadium: the Charlotte Coliseum
More example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with coliseum

athenaeum, atheneum, Liam, lyceum, mausoleum, museum, peritoneum, propylaeum, Te Deum

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Syllabification: col·i·se·um

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