gym·​na·​si·​um | \ sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-əm, -zhəm; sense 2 is usually gim-ˈnä-zē-əm \
plural gymnasiums or gymnasia\ sense 1  jim-​ˈnā-​zē-​ə , -​zhə ; sense 2 is usually  gim-​ˈnä-​zē-​ə \

Definition of gymnasium

1a : a large room used for various indoor sports (such 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 [ German, from Latin, school ] : a European secondary school that prepares students for the university

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Synonyms for gymnasium


gym, health club, health spa, spa

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Examples of gymnasium in a Sentence

since it was raining, the kids had recess in the gymnasium

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Some of it was in the gymnasium, where Riverdale police officers — including the chief himself, David DeMik — were giving tennis lessons to the school kids. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Baranek: Police and kids find a common ground through tennis in Serve & Connect program," 9 May 2018 Pigeons and a pellet gun Pigeons love to hang out on the roof of the gymnasium. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's old police HQ: Escapes, vanishing evidence, bird corpses," 9 Mar. 2018 Then, sophomore guard Paul Kremer came off the bench and made corner 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to tie the game 55-55 and send the NewCath side of Highlands’ gymnasium into a frenzy. Shelby Dermer,, "Newport captures 36th District Championship with 68-67 overtime win over NewCath," 23 Feb. 2018 Police searched classrooms and hallways and gathered the students at a school gymnasium, Leavitt said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Teen shot dead on campus of North Las Vegas high school, cops say," 12 Sep. 2018 Scoreboards, decals, doormats and gymnasium floor finishings must be replaced. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 The scene resembled a small liberal-arts refugee camp, with hundreds of kids and their backpacks sprawled on the gymnasium floor. Michael W. Miller, WSJ, "A Clueless Dad’s Strange Trip to the Ultimate Tournament," 24 May 2018 The city agreed to resurface the gymnasium floor once a year, at a cost of $2,200 a year, for the next six years. David Ibata, ajc, "Milton OKs agreements for youth football, school use," 16 May 2018 The Ducks practice at SU's gymnasium during the Pac-12 tournament. Andrew Greif,, "2-seed Oregon Ducks to open NCAA women's tournament against Seattle," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gymnasium

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gymnasium

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

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English Language Learners Definition of gymnasium

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


gym·​na·​si·​um | \ jim-ˈnā-zē-əm \

Kids Definition of gymnasium

: a room or building for sports events or exercise

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