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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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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Luxury amenities such as private player lounges, nutrition centers and gymnasiums are being incorporated within the practice facilities to help teams lure free agents. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s future hockey hub? Inside the big money — and community — of NHL practice facilities," 19 Aug. 2018 The mainly African migrants were moved out of their tent camp along a canal used by runners and cyclists on Paris’s northeast edge, put in buses, and taken to gymnasiums in the region as bulldozers ripped out the tents. Jeffrey Schaeffer,, "Paris police clear out migrant camp at center of debate," 30 May 2018 The mainly African migrants were moved out of their tent camp along a canal used by joggers and cyclists on Paris’ northeast edge, put in buses and taken to gymnasiums in the region as bulldozers ripped out the tents. Washington Post, "Paris police clear out migrant camp at center of debate," 30 May 2018 More than 2,500 people filled the gymnasium in New Albany, Indiana, on April 30 to find out which college the 6-foot-6 guard would choose. Will Hobson,, "Before this hoops recruit chose Indiana, Adidas made sure he stayed under its tent," 16 May 2018 The renovated gymnasium in the old Whitestown High School opened for hosting events in October. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "Even more breweries and distilleries are on tap for Indianapolis in 2018," 2 Jan. 2018 As the students filed into the gymnasium, a crowd of about 300 friends, siblings and parents cheered the graduates on. Ruth Bruno,, "Capital Prep High School Principal Addresses Graduates: 'This Is What Winning Looks Like'," 1 June 2018 The event, which is in its seventh year, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Hills High School gymnasium, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Forrest Sellers,, "Volleyball game helps school community by raising proceeds for those experiencing hardship," 6 Mar. 2018 At the time, nearly 200 seniors were gathered in the gymnasium to rehearse for their upcoming graduation ceremony. Matthew Walberg,, "'I wasn't going to let him get away,' says Dixon cop who confronted suspect in high school shooting," 24 May 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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