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also col·os·se·um  (kŏl′ĭ-sē′əm)
A large amphitheater for public sports events, entertainment, or assemblies.

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


(ˌkɒlɪˈsɪəm) or


(Architecture) a large building, such as a stadium or theatre, used for entertainments, sports, etc
[C18: from Medieval Latin Colisseum, variant of Colosseum]


(ˌkɒl ɪˈsi əm)

1. a stadium, large theater, or other special building for sporting events, exhibitions, etc.
[1700–10; < Medieval Latin Colisseum; see Colosseum]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coliseum - an oval large stadium with tiers of seatscoliseum - an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
sports stadium, stadium, arena, bowl - a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
vomitory - an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium


[ˌkɒlɪˈsiːəm] NColiseo m


nKolosseum nt
References in classic literature ?
About us the vast circular coliseum was packed to its full capacity.
A sullen murmur rose louder and louder about the packed coliseum, and then Kantos Kan, who had not left the platform since first he had taken his place near me, raised his hand for silence.
From every quarter of the coliseum swords flashed and men rushed threateningly upon the Zodangans.
They will counterfeit a fly, or a high-toned bug, or the ruined Coliseum, within the cramped circle of a breastpin, and do it so deftly and so neatly that any man might think a master painted it.
in the Pantheon: Saint Peter of Rome, badly copied (the edifice is awkwardly heaped together, which has not amended its lines);--the Paris of the Republic, in the School of Medicine: a poor Greek and Roman taste, which resembles the Coliseum or the Parthenon as the constitution of the year III.
She was tempted to spend the first instalment of her freedom in some dissipation; in the pit of the Coliseum, for example, since they were now passing the door.
Aled Jones, chairman of the Friends of the Coliseum, said the meeting is open only to Coliseum shareholders.
By virtue of this acquisition, Wang adds an important piece of the puzzle in connection with his proposal to redevelop the site of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with his joint venture partner, Reckson Associates.
Built by taxpayers in the late 1980s, the 24,000-seat coliseum was one of the last major indoor sports facilities not to feature large numbers of luxury boxes.
The party has been organised by the Friends of the Coliseum, a voluntary group who got together after the cinema closed in January.