August 17, 2011
- stadium (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a course for footraces in ancient Greece with rows of seats for spectators2 : a large usually roofless building with rows of seats for spectators at modern sports events
- How do you use it?
- "In four years, I expect to see some of you marching into the stadium as part of our Olympic team," said the proud coach to her athletes.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Stadium" comes ultimately from the Greek word "stadion." What do you think "stadion" referred to?You're a winner at the word game if you picked B. In ancient Greek, "stadion" was a unit of measurement equal to about 185 meters or 607 feet. One of the most important events in the ancient Olympic Games was a footrace exactly one "stadion" long. "Stadion" also referred to the course on which the race was run and the raised seats for spectators that surrounded it. Latin speakers later borrowed "stadion" as "stadium," which English speakers in the 14th century borrowed. In time, "stadium" referred to larger structures in which different kinds of athletic contests were held.