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Definition of "arena" []

  • An enclosed area for the presentation of sports events and spectacles. (noun)
  • A building housing such an area (noun)
  • A place or scene where forces contend or events unfold: withdrew from the political arena; the world as an arena of moral conflict. (noun)
  • The area in the center of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and other spectacles were held. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "arena" in a sentence
  • "To say that Palm has some catching up to do in this arena is an understatement."
  • "The spokesman explained Daniels's mistake by saying, "The only cost estimate we know of in this arena is the Persian Gulf War, and that was a sixty-billion-dollar event.""
  • "Hypocrisy in this arena is unfortunately what we in the mental health field call transference."