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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: 'sand, sandy place'

arena

noun
     
a‧re‧na [countable]
1DSAP a building with a large flat central area surrounded by seats, where sports or entertainments take place:
2

the political/international/public etc arena

all the activities and people connected with politics, public life etc:
Women are entering the political arena in larger numbers.
American economic activity in the international arena
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