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[stey-dee-uh m] /ˈsteɪ di əm/
noun, plural stadiums, stadia
[stey-dee-uh] /ˈsteɪ di ə/ (Show IPA)
a sports arena, usually oval or horseshoe-shaped, with tiers of seats for spectators.
an ancient Greek course for foot races, typically semicircular, with tiers of seats for spectators.
an ancient Greek and Roman unit of length, the Athenian unit being equal to about 607 feet (185 meters).
a stage in a process or in the life of an organism.
Entomology, stage (def 11b).
Origin of stadium
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek stádion unit of distance, racecourse Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For an inside look at the ballpark, take a stadium tour.
  • While the football stadium and basketball arenas had been recently remodeled, the academic buildings showed their age.
  • It does have an interesting playhouse, a sports stadium complex, and some quirky restaurants.
  • Without technology, they can't even get into the stadium.
  • There is a committee that plans for emergencies at our huge football stadium.
  • While watching a football game at the stadium, they can bring up game and player statistics.
  • There is a brand new football stadium being built and an increase in the pay of our athletic coaches and staff.
  • In my heart there is a chamber larger than a stadium that scarcely contains my overflow admiration and affection for jazz singers.
  • The cardinal urged them to retain their faith, but many never left the stadium alive.
  • But put a new stadium in a derelict area-or on the edge of a city-and local government officials are much keener.
British Dictionary definitions for stadium


noun (pl) -diums, -dia (-dɪə)
a sports arena with tiered seats for spectators
(in ancient Greece) a course for races, usually located between two hills providing natural slopes for tiers of seats
an ancient Greek measure of length equivalent to about 607 feet or 184 metres
(in many arthropods) the interval between two consecutive moultings
(obsolete) a particular period or stage in the development of a disease
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek stadion, changed from spadion a racecourse, from spān to pull; also influenced by Greek stadios steady
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Word Origin and History for stadium

late 14c., "a foot race, an ancient measure of length," from Latin stadium "a measure of length, a race course" (commonly one-eighth of a Roman mile; translated in early English Bibles by furlong), from Greek stadion "a measure of length, a running track," especially the track at Olympia, which was one stadium in length.

The Greek word might literally mean "fixed standard of length" (from stadios "firm, fixed," from PIE root *sta- "to stand"), or it may be from spadion, from span "to draw up, pull," with form influenced by stadios.

The meaning "running track," recorded in English from c.1600, was extended to mean in modern-day context "large, open oval structure with tiers of seats for viewing sporting events" (1834).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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