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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The Equanimity's lavish amenities include a helicopter landing pad, plunge pool, gymnasium and a cinema. Fox News, "Luxury yacht in graft probe arrives in Malaysian port," 7 Aug. 2018 Early June is the time when the Eagles celebrate winning the All-Sports Cup over cross-town rival Costa Mesa, with a lunch from Newport Rib Co. Estancia players chowed down again Wednesday afternoon in the Eagles’ gymnasium. Matt Szabo,, "Estancia keeps All-Sports Cup for ninth straight year," 7 June 2018 Meanwhile, across town at Bidwell Junior High School, Red Cross volunteers are moving cots into a gymnasium to give the 65 evacuees there more space. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Students and attendees of the school’s football game were packed into the campus gymnasium. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Gunfire near Bay Area high school leaves 1 teen dead, another wounded, police say," 25 Aug. 2018 Ten feet away, Stsurin Moore stood near the gymnasium doors, having an intense conversation with a crowd of kids and some police officers. Shauna Stuart,, "Beyond "Bloody Sunday": To preserve Selma, invest in the city's youth," 3 Mar. 2018 Just a moment later another former player walked through the gymnasium doors. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Jack Keefer's Oak Hill homecoming was 42 years in the making," 20 Jan. 2018 So these parents testify before Congress, tell their stories in school gymnasiums and cry on local television news. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 And for added measure, Mr. Trump brought Vice President Mike Pence, a native Hoosier and a former governor of the state, with him to the gymnasium. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "‘America Is Respected Again,’ Trump Says in Elkhart, Ind., a City Obama Once Championed," 11 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 How to pronounce gymnasium (audio) \

Kids Definition of gymnasium

: a room or building for sports events or exercise

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