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Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme
Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme

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  1. An enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events; earthen area, often oval, specifically for rodeos (N. America) or circular area for bullfights (esp. Hispanic America).
    A large crowd filled the seats of the arena.
  2. The building housing such an area.
    The arena is grey with white beams.
  3. (Ancient Rome) The sand-covered centre of an amphitheatre where contests were held.
    The gladiators entered the arena.
  4. (Metaphorically) A place where important political or other events unfold.
    The company was a player in the maritime insurance arena.

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