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ARENA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does arena mean? 

ARENA (noun)
  The noun ARENA has 4 senses:

1. a particular environment or walk of life
2. the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand
3. a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
4. a playing field where sports events take place

  Familiarity information: ARENA used as a noun is uncommon.


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ARENA (noun)


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Meaning:

A particular environment or walk of life

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

arena; domain; sphere; area; orbit; field

Context examples:

his social sphere is limited / it was a closed area of employment / he's out of my orbit

Hypernyms ("arena" is a kind of...):

environment (the totality of surrounding conditions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "arena"):

preserve (a domain that seems to be specially reserved for someone)

political arena; political sphere (a sphere of intense political activity)

lap (an area of control or responsibility)

kingdom; land; realm (a domain in which something is dominant)

front (a sphere of activity involving effort)

distaff (the sphere of work by women)

province; responsibility (the proper sphere or extent of your activities)


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Meaning:

The central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("arena" is a kind of...):

area; country (a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography))


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Meaning:

A large structure for open-air sports or entertainments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

sports stadium; stadium; arena; bowl

Hypernyms ("arena" is a kind of...):

construction; structure (a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts)

Meronyms (parts of "arena"):

field house (an athletic facility where athletes prepare for sport)

stand (tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade))

standing room (room for passengers or spectators to stand)

tiered seat (seating that is arranged in sloping tiers so that spectators in the back can see over the heads of those in front)

athletic field; field; playing area; playing field (a piece of land prepared for playing a game)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "arena"):

skybox (an elevated box for viewing events at a sports stadium)

hippodrome (a stadium for horse shows or horse races)

football stadium (a stadium where football games are held)

covered stadium; dome; domed stadium (a stadium that has a roof)

circus ((antiquity) an open-air stadium for chariot races and gladiatorial games)

bullring (a stadium where bullfights take place)

ballpark; park (a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games))

amphitheater; amphitheatre; coliseum (an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held)


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Meaning:

A playing field where sports events take place

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

scene of action; arena

Hypernyms ("arena" is a kind of...):

athletic field; field; playing area; playing field (a piece of land prepared for playing a game)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "arena"):

circus (an arena consisting of an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent)


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