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[kol-i-see-uh m]
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  1. Also colosseum. an amphitheater, stadium, large theater, or other special building for public meetings, sporting events, exhibitions, etc.
  2. (initial capital letter) Colosseum.
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Origin of coliseum

1700–10; < Medieval Latin Colisseum; see Colosseum
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Related Words for coliseum

theater, bowl, stadium, amphitheater, hippodrome, stade

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  1. a large building, such as a stadium or theatre, used for entertainments, sports, etc
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Word Origin for coliseum

C18: from Medieval Latin Colisseum, variant of Colosseum
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Word Origin and History for coliseum


"music hall," c.1710, Modern Latin variant of Latin colosseum, amphitheater of Vespasian at Rome (see Colosseum).

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