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noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. an enclosed arena for a tilting contest.

  2. the barriers enclosing this arena.

  1. any place or scene of combat, competition, controversy, etc.

Idioms about lists

  1. enter the lists, to involve oneself in a conflict or contest: to enter the lists against the protective tariff.

Origin of lists

1350–1400; Middle English listes, plural of listelist2

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How to use lists in a sentence

  • The usual monthly lists of accessions have been sent out during the recess.

    Report of the Chief Librarian for the Year 1924-25 | General Assembly Library (New Zealand)
  • One of the leading manufacturers in New York already prints his price lists on asbestos paper.

    Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
  • He was still on the probation lists, but I could see that he had the making of a fine cop in him.

  • Iftikhar bowed his head,—in no very good grace, it seemed,—and cantered sulkily to the upper end of the lists.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • It is absent from the next grant for livery and from the actors lists for various plays which are assigned to 1619 or 1620.

    The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger

British Dictionary definitions for lists


/ (lɪsts) /

pl n
  1. history

    • the enclosed field of combat at a tournament

    • the barriers enclosing the field at a tournament

  2. any arena or scene of conflict, controversy, etc

  1. enter the lists to engage in a conflict, controversy, etc

Origin of lists

C14: plural of list ² (border, boundary)

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