gym·​na·​si·​um | \ sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-əm How to pronounce gymnasium (audio) , -zhəm; sense 2 is usually gim-ˈnä-zē-əm How to pronounce gymnasium (audio) \
plural gymnasiums or gymnasia\ sense 1  jim-​ˈnā-​zē-​ə How to pronounce gymnasia (audio) , -​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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Faculty, alumni, students and families arrived at the school’s gymnasium for Ott’s retirement celebration to express their admiration and gratitude. Emmett Hall,, "Cardinal Gibbons High honors principal for nearly five decades of service," 7 June 2019 Dixon City Manager Danny Langloss said students were gathered in the school gymnasium for graduation practice when the gunfire exchange occurred. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Officer 'Saved Lives' by Shooting Ex-Student Who Opened Fire at Illinois High School, Chief Says," 16 May 2018 The free event will be held at the Manchester High School gymnasium, from noon to 3 p.m. At the fair, students will learn about various career paths after graduating. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Career Fair For MHS Students May 14," 8 May 2018 The Roxbury Prep project would be the largest, housing 800 students in a three-story building featuring a cafeteria, gymnasium, and 66 parking spaces. James Vaznis,, "Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools," 11 June 2018 The entire gymnasium and Deer Park bench on Plainfield Road had the opportunity for jubilation when Daily knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the Wildcats' 102-57 win over Bethel-Tate Jan. 16. Shelby Dermer,, "Senior Daniel Daily was an unsung hero to Deer Park's run to state basketball title," 30 Mar. 2018 The mainly African migrants were moved out of their tent camp along a canal used by joggers and cyclists on Paris’s northeast edge, put in buses and taken to gymnasiums as bulldozers ripped out the tents. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 30, 2018," 30 May 2018 And to Marc and Juan, hang on here because the president is making his way to the gymnasium there at the middle school in Elkhart, Indiana. Fox News, "Lt. Col. Michael Waltz on tensions between Iran, Israel," 11 May 2018 The field, known as Green 5, is an adult-sized baseball diamond located next to the park's gymnasium and administrative offices. Kim Chatelain,, "Section of Pelican Park to be redeveloped; public input sought," 17 Jan. 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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The first known use of gymnasium was in 1598

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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 How to pronounce gymnasium (audio) \

Kids Definition of gymnasium

: a room or building for sports events or exercise

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