Definitions for: Arena

[n] a playing field where sports events take place
[n] a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
[n] the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially a sand-strewn area
[n] a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"

Webster (1913) Definition: A*re"na, n.; pl. E. Arenas; L. Aren[ae]. [L. arena,
harena, sand, a sandy place.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) 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.

2. Any place of public contest or exertion; any sphere of
action; as, the arenaof debate; the arena of life.

3. (Med.) ``Sand'' or ``gravel'' in the kidneys.

Synonyms: area, bowl, domain, field, orbit, scene of action, sphere, stadium

See Also: amphitheater, amphitheatre, area, athletic field, bullring, circus, coliseum, construction, country, covered stadium, distaff, dome, domed stadium, environment, field, field house, football stadium, front, hippodrome, kingdom, land, lap, playing area, playing field, political arena, political sphere, preserve, province, realm, responsibility, stand, standing room, stands, structure, tiered seats

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