Definition of stadium in English:


Line breaks: sta|dium
Pronunciation: /ˈsteɪdɪəm

noun (plural stadiums or stadia /ˈsteɪdɪə/)

  • 1An athletic or sports ground with tiers of seats for spectators.
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    • In fact, it would be a fair point to state that mandatory seating in Premier League stadia has played a role in lessening trouble in the stands.
    • Clusters of empty seats throughout the stadium were evidence that some had not overcome their disappointment.
    • A result of the Taylor recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster was that football stadia should provide seating for all spectators.
    arena, field, ground, pitch; bowl, amphitheatre, coliseum, colosseum, enclosure, ring, dome, astrodome, manège; track, course, racetrack, racecourse, speedway, velodrome; in ancient Rome circus; West Indian gayelle
    rare cirque
  • 1.1(In ancient Rome or Greece) a track for a foot race or chariot race.
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    • Caligula was murdered by his own guard while exiting from the stadium of some public games.
    • The stadium was the home of the ancient Olympics until they were stopped in 393AD.
    • The plans were sparked by the astonishing discovery of a Roman stadium at Colchester Garrison.
  • 2 (plural stadia) An ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 metres (originally the length of a stadium).
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    • Of course how accurate this value is depends on the length of the stadium and scholars have argued over this for a long time.
    • The long and short of it: aunes, cubits, leagues, palms, stadia - old-fashioned units of measurement make it hard to do science.
    • He then marked off where the lines of longitude crossed the parallel of Rhodes, taking 400 stadia per degree.


late Middle English (in sense 2): via Latin from Greek stadion. Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

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