from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An enclosed area for the presentation of sports events and spectacles.
- n. A building housing such an area
- n. A place or scene where forces contend or events unfold: withdrew from the political arena; the world as an arena of moral conflict.
- n. The area in the center of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and other spectacles were held.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events (sports arena) or other spectacular events; earthen area, often oval, specifically for rodeos (N. America) or circular area for bullfights (especially Hispanic America).
- n. The building housing such an area.
- n. The sand-covered centre of an amphitheatre where contests were held.
- n. A realm in which important events unfold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The area in the central part of an amphitheater, in which the gladiators fought and other shows were exhibited; -- so called because it was covered with sand.
- n. Any place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of action
- n. “Sand” or “gravel” in the kidneys.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The inclosed space in the central part of the Roman amphitheaters, in which the combats of gladiators or wild beasts took place.
- n. Figuratively, the scene or theater of exertion or contest of any kind: as, the arena of war or of debate.
- n. In pathology, sand or gravel in the kidneys.
- n. In architecture, the main area of a temple, church, or other building.
- n. Are not.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
- n. a playing field where sports events take place
- n. a particular environment or walk of life
- n. a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
Latin harēna, arēna, sand, a sand-strewn place of combat in an amphitheater, perhaps of Etruscan origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin arena ("sand, arena"). (Wiktionary)