Definition of stadium in English:

stadium

noun

  • 1A sports arena with tiers of seats for spectators.

    • ‘A good competition with high standards of play will fill the stadiums.’
    • ‘We played in World Cup stadia every week and got the chance to visit a lot of different countries.’
    • ‘The stadiums of the clubs are great arenas where the teams play, and the game is fast and requires skill and passion.’
    • ‘Having conceded three goals in their own stadium, Celta Vigo have given themselves loads to do in the second leg.’
    • ‘The battle hotted up from halfway as spectators in the stadium watched nervously on the giant screens.’
    • ‘Now most stadiums, even Premiership stadiums hold about 30,000 people.’
    • ‘There are new disabled access paths into the stadium, new seats for carers and viewing restrictions have been removed.’
    • ‘There's a real buzz around the stadium, a stadium where Brazil might be returning in a month's time for the final.’
    • ‘Clusters of empty seats throughout the stadium were evidence that some had not overcome their disappointment.’
    • ‘The Olympic stadium follows a rise-and-fall pattern of stillness and intense activity.’
    • ‘Major plans are now afoot to completely transform the Lower Lea Valley as the focus of London's 2012 Olympic bid, complete with sports stadia and athletes' village.’
    • ‘They grow up dreaming of hitting home runs in the Tokyo Dome and their own stadiums.’
    • ‘The stadium now has 5,000 amber and black seats in its main stand and a new concourse bar at the back.’
    • ‘At the final whistle, the whole stadium gave the players a standing ovation for top class football.’
    • ‘Anders Frisk blows his whistle for full time and the stadium erupts.’
    • ‘A result of the Taylor recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster was that football stadia should provide seating for all spectators.’
    • ‘More and more high schools are building larger and grander stadiums and gymnasiums.’
    • ‘In fact, it would be a fair point to state that mandatory seating in Premier League stadia has played a role in lessening trouble in the stands.’
    • ‘Later this year, the international football governing authority FIFA will enforce a rule stating that games will have to be played in all-seater stadia with no temporary seating allowed.’
    • ‘And in a related development, government says it has set the ball rolling for the construction of the three modern stadia ahead of the 2010 World Cup set for South Africa.’
    arena, field, ground, pitch
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    1. 1.1 (in ancient Rome or Greece) a track for a foot race or chariot race.
      • ‘The plans were sparked by the astonishing discovery of a Roman stadium at Colchester Garrison.’
      • ‘The stadium was the home of the ancient Olympics until they were stopped in 393AD.’
      • ‘At first there was only one race, down the length of the stadium, and the games lasted only one day.’
      • ‘Caligula was murdered by his own guard while exiting from the stadium of some public games.’
      track, racetrack, racecourse, circuit, ground, speedway, velodrome, route, trail
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  • 2An ancient Roman or Greek measure of length, about 185 meters.

    • ‘The long and short of it: aunes, cubits, leagues, palms, stadia - old-fashioned units of measurement make it hard to do science.’
    • ‘Who is willing to believe that Alexandria is exactly 5000 stadia from Syene, whatever the value of the stadium?’
    • ‘Each stadia is 10 Mils long and spaced 10 Mils apart.’
    • ‘He then marked off where the lines of longitude crossed the parallel of Rhodes, taking 400 stadia per degree.’
    • ‘Of course how accurate this value is depends on the length of the stadium and scholars have argued over this for a long time.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in stadium (sense 2)): via Latin from Greek stadion. Sense 1 dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

stadium

/ˈsteɪdiəm//ˈstādēəm/