- the oval space in the center of a Roman amphitheater for gladiatorial combats or other performances.
- a central stage, ring, area, or the like, used for sports or other forms of entertainment, surrounded by seats for spectators: a boxing arena; a circus arena.
- a building housing an arena.
- a field of conflict, activity, or endeavor: the arena of politics.
Origin of arena
Examples from the Web for arena
The traffic agent was kind enough to direct Sarah discreetly to a closed-off street running behind the arena.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
His policies made the workplace a Hunger Games arena of its own.The Hunger Games Economy
November 29, 2014
Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
He lamented that, “American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”Why the FBI’s Suicide Note to MLK Still Matters
November 15, 2014
The past few years of ugly gridlocked bloodsport politics have driven many Americans out of the arena in disgust.Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now
November 3, 2014
He saw the ocean world an arena into which rushed all nations but ours.The Harbor
The United States entered the arena and called for his services.The Age of Invention
He had had his bout; the sands of the arena that once had shone golden now were dust.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
Men were bringing tall hurdles outward to place them in the arena.Mixed Faces
Lydia sprang into the arena, to save him, and because she was the one who had the latest news.The Prisoner
- an enclosure or platform, usually surrounded by seats on all sides, in which sports events, contests, entertainments, etc, take placea boxing arena
- (as modifier)arena stage
- the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheatre, in which gladiatorial contests and other spectacles were held
- a sphere or scene of conflict or intense activitythe political arena
Word Origin and History for arena
1620s, "place of combat," from Latin harena "place of combat," originally "sand, sandy place," perhaps from Etruscan. The central stages of Roman amphitheaters were strewn with sand to soak up the blood.