: an international organization that promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical welfare originally of young men
usually used with the
a member of the YMCA
sometimes shortened informally to the Y

Examples of YMCA in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McClatchy News reached out to the Huntington YMCA, which runs the school, but did not immediately hear back. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 And that followed daily fines in 2022 that Mooresville imposed on Lowe’s YMCA, as the owner of the grassy plot beside the YMCA where Josh’s previously operated. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 6 Feb. 2024 Churches and community groups, including North Valley Family YMCA, also play an important role in the area. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Instead of focusing on the terrible weather, said Scott Jones, director of health and well-being at the Treasure Valley YMCA’s Downtown branch, latch onto a goal, and hold on for dear life. Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The class is available at Pinecrest Community Center, UFC Gym Kendall, South Dade YMCA Family Center and the Fitness Center at the Alper Jewish Community Center. By Chloe Herring, Brooke Henderson and Samantha J. Gross, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The final event, on March 3, is the Chinatown YMCA’s 46th annual Chinese New Year 5K, 10K Run and Walk. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 29 Jan. 2024 The details: Northland, once downtown Hartford’s largest commercial landlord, purchased the former YMCA building in 2008. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2024 Like a young hooper who runs the savvy old guys off the YMCA court, Allen outdid the 39-year-old Rivers with rifle throws and mobile playmaking as the Bills eked out a 27-24 victory. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Young Men's Christian Association

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of YMCA was in 1868

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“YMCA.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/YMCA. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

: an international organization that promotes the spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical welfare originally of young Christian men

Young Men's Christian Association

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