Definition of arena in English:



  • 1A level area surrounded by seating, in which sports, entertainments, and other public events are held.

    • ‘Mila glanced up at a small box-like room just above the 3rd level seating in the arena.’
    • ‘House music weaves a fine thread through the three arenas and one terrace area which have been set up.’
    • ‘They were among thousands of slaves being trained to fight to the death in the arena for public entertainment.’
    • ‘An arena demonstrating traditional sports such as kabaddi will give fans a chance to test their skills.’
    • ‘Whole towns could be surrounded, or a mile-wide dragnet thrown over an area which contained sporting arenas.’
    • ‘The spectators were told the flags had to be dismantled in the interests of health and safety in the events arena.’
    • ‘Water for irrigating parks, sports arenas and golf courses must be treated waste water and cannot be running water.’
    • ‘We need to build new stadia and other sporting arenas promptly in order not to be disadvantaged at critical times.’
    • ‘Northern sports are played in arenas, centers, gardens and the occasional field.’
    • ‘They could borrow an idea from sports arenas: premium seating with a dedicated waiter.’
    • ‘Why are cities across the country sinking taxpayer money into sports stadiums and arenas?’
    • ‘The atmosphere was more like that of an examination hall on finals day than a sporting arena before a big event.’
    • ‘She said that the policy did not apply to other sporting arenas such as cricket pitches and other outdoor recreation facilities.’
    • ‘Logs and wooden benches provide basic seating around the main arenas - but for more comfort it is worth taking an old cushion or blanket.’
    • ‘In one of sports great arenas, the Milan derby indulges the connoisseurs.’
    • ‘I provide services to places like sporting arenas, as well as doing documentaries and what have you.’
    • ‘I had seen pictures of sports arenas and Coliseums but I had never actually been inside one.’
    • ‘It specialises in, amongst other things, the design of sports arenas.’
    • ‘A Gladiator was a man trained to fight in arenas to provide entertainment.’
    stadium, amphitheatre, theatre, coliseum
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  • 2A place or scene of activity, debate, or conflict.

    ‘he has re-entered the political arena’
    • ‘These arguments have now been tested in a political arena for the first time.’
    • ‘It is high time we gave shape to a new culture, where each arena of activity is given its due place.’
    • ‘In the tough, macho arena of rock climbing, one woman has beaten the boys at their own game.’
    • ‘Our participation in the policy and political arenas must be consistent and reliable.’
    • ‘He did not seek to enter the political arena which is where you would seek to place him, with all its attendant risks.’
    • ‘He has also recently turned commentator on India's business and economic scene and indeed social and political arenas.’
    • ‘We are as powerful a partner as you can get on the corporate battlefield, or in the political arena.’
    • ‘Now they are more likely to inhabit the political and media arenas.’
    • ‘The arenas of conflict are diverse, including negotiations on opening markets and on intellectual property rights protection.’
    • ‘Empowerment has now moved from the arena of management circles and into our daily lives.’
    • ‘Labor movements, writ large, have thus acted in both market and political arenas.’
    • ‘Much more important, there is no way that the movement can keep the political arena at arm's length.’
    • ‘An individual or group can initiate, or obstruct, public policy in many political arenas.’
    • ‘During the week running up to the meeting the campus was transformed into an arena of political debate.’
    • ‘It was created as an arena for the representation and expression of minority opinion.’
    • ‘My own opinion is that the whole flabby saga belongs in the popular media arena for which it was clearly created.’
    • ‘These conflicts are played out in political arenas across the world assessing guidelines and regulations.’
    • ‘In brief, there are at least three arenas of activity for critical intellectuals and oppositional educators.’
    • ‘The shift from the political to the cultural arena helped entrench old divisions and to create new ones.’
    • ‘A better policy is to promote liberty in the religious sphere as well as in the economic and political arenas.’
    area, scene, sphere, realm, province, domain, sector, forum, territory, theatre, stage, world
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Early 17th century: from Latin harena, arena ‘sand, sand-strewn place of combat’.