the area immediately surrounding a ring, especially the area occupied by the first row of seats on all sides of a boxing or wrestling ring.
any place providing a close view.


in or pertaining to the area immediately surrounding a ring or arena.
close to the point of action; having a close view.

Origin of ringside

First recorded in 1865–75; ring1 + side1
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Historical Examples of ringside

  • If I'm going to do this affair justice I've got to be at the ringside.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • Around the ringside the faces of the Slavs shone with relief.

    The Snow-Burner

    Henry Oyen

  • Down near the ringside was the pit, or podium, and that was the choice place.

    The Car That Went Abroad

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • “I should advise you in any case to go to the ringside,” said Craven.

    Rodney Stone

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • But I can make other arrangements; I can give you as good as ringside seats for each performance.

British Dictionary definitions for ringside



the area immediately surrounding an arena, esp the row of seats nearest a boxing or wrestling ring
  1. any place affording a close uninterrupted view
  2. (as modifier)a ringside seat
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Word Origin and History for ringside

also ring-side, 1855, from ring (n.1) in the "space for fighting" sense + side (n.).

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