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palaestra

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noun pa·laes·tra \pə-ˈles-trə\

Definition of palaestra

plural pa·laes·traeplay \-(ˌ)trē\

  1. 1 :  a school in ancient Greece or Rome for sports (as wrestling)

  2. 2 :  gymnasium



Origin of palaestra

Middle English palestre arena, from Latin palaestra place for wrestling, from Greek palaistra, from palaiein to wrestle


First Known Use: 1580

Rhymes with palaestra


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