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

  • n. Variant of coliseum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of coliseum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The amphitheater of Vespasian in Rome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given on account of its size to the Flavian amphitheater in Rome, the greatest of ancient amphitheaters, which was begun by the emperor Vespasian (Titus Flavins Sabinus), and finished by his son Titus in a. d. 80.

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

  • n. a large amphitheater in Rome whose construction was begun by Vespasian about AD 75 or 80

Etymologies

From Latin Colosseum, from neuter of colosseus ("gigantic"), from Ancient Greek κολοσσιαῖος (kolossiaios), from κολοσσός (colossos, "giant statue"). (Wiktionary)

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