- a large theatre, cinema, or stadium: the London Coliseum.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Col`i*se"um (?), n. [NL. (cf. It.
coliseo, colosseo), fr. L. colosseus
colossal, fr. colossus a colossus. See Colossus,
and cf. Colosseum.] The amphitheater of Vespasian at
Rome, the largest in the world. [Written also
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Colise`um, a magnificent amphitheatre in Rome, begun under Vespasian
and finished under Titus; it rose from the area by 80 tiers of seats, and
could contain 80,000 spectators; it was here the gladiators fought with
wild beasts, and also the early Christians.
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