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gymnasium

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noun gym·na·si·um \sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-əm, -zhəm; sense 2 usually gim-ˈnä-zē-əm\

Simple Definition of gymnasium

  • : a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise

Full Definition of gymnasium

plural gym·na·si·ums or -na·sia \-ˈnā-zē-ə, -ˈnā-zhə; -ˈnä-zē-ə\

  1. 1 a :  a large room used for various indoor sports (as basketball or boxing) and usually equipped with gymnastic apparatus b :  a building (as on a college campus) containing space and equipment for various indoor sports activities and usually including spectator accommodations, locker and shower rooms, offices, classrooms, and a swimming pool

  2. 2 [German, from Latin, school] :  a European secondary school that prepares students for the university

Examples of gymnasium

  1. <since it was raining, the kids had recess in the gymnasium>



Origin of gymnasium

Latin, exercise ground, school, from Greek gymnasion, from gymnazein to exercise naked, from gymnos naked — more at naked


First Known Use: 1598



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