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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large amphitheater for public sports events, entertainment, or assemblies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large theatre, cinema, or stadium: the London Coliseum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The amphitheater of Vespasian at Rome, the largest in the world.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Colosseum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held

Etymologies

Medieval Latin Colisēum, an amphitheater in Rome, Italy, variant of Latin Colossēum, from neuter of colossēus, gigantic, from colossus, huge statue; see colossus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin, from Latin Colosseum, from neuter of colosseus ("gigantic"), from Ancient Greek κολοσσιαῖος (kolossiaios), from κολοσσός (colossos, "giant statue") (Wiktionary)

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