- an ancient amphitheater in Rome, begun a.d. c70 by Vespasian, having the form of an oval 617 by 512 feet (188 by 156 meters).
- (lowercase) coliseum.
Origin of Colosseum
Examples from the Web for colosseum
Like the Colosseum, Jep both stands above and is a part of the grotesqueries that revolve around him.The New Fellini: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’
November 18, 2013
The largest of these amphitheaters was the Colosseum, the ruins of which still exist.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
A circus or theatre of our day is a toy compared to the Colosseum.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
The Colosseum will not suffer its likeness to be taken by every one; it is a favour that must be fought for.
This view of the Colosseum reminds me of one I saw at the Rossis'.
"You succeeded with the Colosseum," was Blanka's encouraging rejoinder.
- a variant spelling of coliseum
- an amphitheatre in Rome built about 75–80 ad
Word Origin and History for colosseum
1560s, Medieval Latin name for the classical Amphitheatrum Flavium (begun c.70 C.E.), noun use of neuter of adjective colosseus "gigantic;" perhaps a reference to the colossal statue of Nero that long stood nearby (see colossus).
A great arena of ancient Rome, which seated fifty thousand. It is in ruins today, but its former glory can still be imagined.