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coliseum

[kol-i-see-uh m] /ˌkɒl ɪˈsi əm/
noun
1.
Also, colosseum. an amphitheater, stadium, large theater, or other special building for public meetings, sporting events, exhibitions, etc.
2.
(initial capital letter) Colosseum.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Medieval Latin Colisseum; see Colosseum
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  • Seats were taken temporarily from the coliseum building nearby.
  • The name was further corrupted to coliseum during the middle ages.
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coliseum

/ˌkɒlɪˈsɪəm/
noun
1.
a large building, such as a stadium or theatre, used for entertainments, sports, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin Colisseum, variant of Colosseum
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Word Origin and History for coliseum
n.

"music hall," c.1710, Modern Latin variant of Latin colosseum, amphitheater of Vespasian at Rome (see Colosseum).

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