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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Examples of gymnasium in a Sentence

since it was raining, the kids had recess in the gymnasium
Recent Examples on the Web But signs of the old town remain -- a bit of gymnasium floor from what was the school; the lip of a paved driveway that peeks out from under the grass. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "A flood forced this town to move. It could be a model for others hit by the climate crisis," 17 July 2019 From the gymnasium floor, Brian smiled, then bowed his head and began to sob. Jessie Higgins, The Courier-Journal, "Community gathers for funeral of Marshall County shooting victim," 28 Jan. 2018 The day began in the gymnasium, where teachers quizzed the freshmen on school trivia and then students try out the LTHS fight song. Jesse Wright,, "Lyons Township High School welcomes about 950 freshmen," 15 Aug. 2019 An old restroom in the 96-year-old school will become a ground-floor apartment with a separate entrance and the third-floor gymnasium, two, loft-style units. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "St. Peter’s School in Hartford’s South Green neighborhood educated Catholic students for decades, but now will be home to new generation of renters," 30 June 2019 Some hours later, still waiting for updates and instructions in a local gymnasium, train staff asked if the passengers needed anything. Gary Thompson,, "After you've lived through a terrorist attack, what's it like to watch it on screen?," 7 Feb. 2018 Heidi Armentrout, director of personnel and former Edwards Principal, allowed the alumni to visit classrooms, offices and the room that was once their gymnasium-auditorium. Sam Boyer,, "BHS Class of 59 takes nostalgic tour of the old high school," 14 Sep. 2019 It is equipped with a 1,400-seat gymnasium featuring an overhead scoreboard, and training facilities that look like something out of a high-end gym. Richard Obert, azcentral, "This small Arizona high school has state-of-the-art college-like facilities," 12 Sep. 2019 See the oldest gymnasium in all of Greece, as well as theaters, treasuries, altars, and stadiums. National Geographic, "Italy and Greece Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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4 Nov 2019

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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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