coliseum

[kol-i-see-uhm]
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:
1700–10; < Medieval Latin Colisseum; see Colosseum

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

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coliseum
c.1710, M.L. variant of L. colosseum, amphitheater of Vespasian at Rome (see Colosseum).
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Example sentences for coliseum
Seats were taken temporarily from the coliseum building nearby.
The name was further corrupted to coliseum during the middle ages.
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