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[stey-dee-uh m] /ˈsteɪ di əm/
noun, plural stadiums, stadia
[stey-dee-uh] /ˈsteɪ di ə/ (Show IPA)
a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators.
an ancient Greek course for foot races, typically semicircular, with tiers of seats for spectators.
an ancient Greek and Roman unit of length, the Athenian unit being equal to about 607 feet (185 meters).
a stage in a process or in the life of an organism.
Entomology. stage (def 11b).
Origin of stadium
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek stádion unit of distance, racecourse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The stadium is not the only splendid monument to the public spirit of the modern Greeks.

    The Old World and Its Ways William Jennings Bryan
  • "I shall never boast about the stadium at Cambridge again," she said.

    Rafael in Italy Etta Blaisdell McDonald
  • The writer was a pupil of the Museum, and had been taken in the stadium, where he was boasting of his exploit.

  • He wished to inspect them in the stadium, and they were now marching thither.

  • Near by, between the theater and the stadium, Parnassus gives back to your cry a swift and sharp echo.

    The Near East Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for stadium


noun (pl) -diums, -dia (-dɪə)
a sports arena with tiered seats for spectators
(in ancient Greece) a course for races, usually located between two hills providing natural slopes for tiers of seats
an ancient Greek measure of length equivalent to about 607 feet or 184 metres
(in many arthropods) the interval between two consecutive moultings
(obsolete) a particular period or stage in the development of a disease
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek stadion, changed from spadion a racecourse, from spān to pull; also influenced by Greek stadios steady
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stadium

late 14c., "a foot race, an ancient measure of length," from Latin stadium "a measure of length, a race course" (commonly one-eighth of a Roman mile; translated in early English Bibles by furlong), from Greek stadion "a measure of length, a running track," especially the track at Olympia, which was one stadium in length.

The Greek word might literally mean "fixed standard of length" (from stadios "firm, fixed," from PIE root *sta- "to stand"), or it may be from spadion, from span "to draw up, pull," with form influenced by stadios.

The meaning "running track," recorded in English from c.1600, was extended to mean in modern-day context "large, open oval structure with tiers of seats for viewing sporting events" (1834).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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