• WordNet 3.6
    • n coliseum an oval large stadium with tiers of seats; an arena in which contests and spectacles are held
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The coliseum in Rome was used regularly for about 400 years
    • n Coliseum The amphitheater of Vespasian at Rome, the largest in the world.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Commodos collected all the dwarfs, cripples, and freaks he could find in the city of Rome and had them brought to the Coliseum, where they were ordered to fight each other to the death with meat cleavers.
    • n coliseum See Colosseum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Coliseum received its name not for its size, but for a colossal statue of Nero that stood close by, placed there after the destruction of his palace.
    • ns Coliseum Vespasian's amphitheatre at Rome, which was the largest in the world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. (cf. It. coliseo, colosseo,), fr. L. colosseus, colossal, fr. colossus, a colossus. See Colossus, and cf. Colosseum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. kolossos.


In literature:

To-morrow at the Coliseum;' and we separated.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
They threaded their way through the dark streets, and at length came to the Coliseum, the place of martyrdom for so many of their companions.
"The Martyr of the Catacombs" by Anonymous
But I purpose to speak of the COLISEUM.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
Books were written on the "Flora of the Coliseum," which were said to number 420 species.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
He ran as fast as he could, and found himself at length in the Coliseum.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
It is said to be larger than the Coliseum, but the arena did not appear to me so vast.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
I was in my old place at the Coliseum this morning, and it was as grand as ever.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Sometimes, of course, he took her to Earl's Court or the Coliseum; but going there with Ranny wasn't any fun.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
About us the vast circular coliseum was packed to its full capacity.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Neither the pyramids of Egypt nor the Coliseum of the Eternal City are draped with a more sublime antiquity.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

In poetry:

How, in his antiquarian march,
He crossed the tomb-strewn plain of Rome,
Sat on some prostrate plinth, or clomb
The Coliseum's topmost arch.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

As Raiders fans filed out of the Oakland Coliseum early in the fourth quarter, the few who remained showered the home team with boos .
Boxers Weigh-in for Saturday's Bout at Coliseum.
The River Region Rollergirls will host a double header bout on Saturday at Garrett Coliseum.
West Virginia turned conventional basketball on its ear Saturday afternoon in a last-second, 68-67 victory against previously unbeaten Virginia Tech at the Coliseum.
Barclays developer to advise on Coliseum.
The PBR will debut at the Kansas Coliseum on November 16th and 17th.
It's been two weeks since Mississippi State last played a game at Humphrey Coliseum, but on Tuesday the Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of the arena when they face Alcorn State.
Oregon's Kenjon Barner breaks a tackle by USC's Nickell Robey and finds running room during Saturday's game at the Coliseum.
The new season for the Georgia men's basketball team tipped off Friday night with a victory, but the reaction of the Bulldogs players afterwards told the story after they slid by Jacksonville 68-62 in Stegeman Coliseum.
The Oakland Raiders line up against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back turnover pass against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum on December 6, 2012 in Oakland, California.
Junior center Carl Engstrom takes a shot during Alabama's 59-46 victory over Charleston Southern on Nov 23, 2012 at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Reviewing Saturday's action at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
Burton Coliseum, Lake Charles, LA.
Eagles lose in straight sets to Hubs at Ritchie Coliseum.