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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See Colosseum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin Colisēum, an amphitheater in Rome, Italy, variant of Latin Colossēum, from neuter of colossēus, gigantic, from colossus, huge statue; see colossus.]

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

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