from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The amphitheater of Vespasian in Rome.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of coliseum.

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

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


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



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