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arena

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Pronunciation: /əˈriːnə
 
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Definition of arena in English:

noun

1A level area surrounded by seating, in which sports, entertainments, and other public events are held.
Example sentences
  • 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
ground, field, ring, rink, pitch, court, stage, platform;
in ancient Romecircus, hippodrome;
North American bowl
informal park
rare cirque
2A place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict: he has re-entered the political arena
More example sentences
  • 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
area, scene, sphere, realm, province, domain, sector, forum, territory, theatre, stage, world;
battleground, battlefield, area/field of conflict, sphere of action/activity, lists

Origin

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

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