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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The Lake Villa building has no physical damage, but smoke did enter the building’s north end, where the gymnasium and athletic rooms are located, Superintendent Jim McKay said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Electrical fire causes evacuation of Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa," 9 July 2018 The school's Finegan dining room and gymnasium brought the barbecue inside via decor via CHL Linens with high-top or picnic tables topped with gingham tablecloths or burlap with mason jar centerpieces. Sue Strachan,, "BBQ and blue jeans set the mood for Stuart Hall School for Boys benefit," 15 May 2018 Additions and renovations would be made to Pewaukee Lake Elementary to support additional classrooms, a gymnasium and dedicated educational spaces. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Pewaukee School District is considering expanding and a majority of residents support a referendum to fund it," 14 May 2018 Already added to the school have been a beautiful new gymnasium and a middle school wing. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Dinner and conversation to benefit a Beachwood synagogue; more improvements coming at Mandel JDS; more: Press Run," 6 Apr. 2018 The two-story building, with a gymnasium and a dance studio named after Mikayla, is scheduled to open across the street in May. That stretch of Schenk Avenue was renamed Prince Joshua Avitto Way in 2015. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "A Tiny Elevator, a Haunting Reminder in Brooklyn," 5 Apr. 2018 There was also a police presence at both ends of the Congress Avenue block that divides the main building from the school’s separate gymnasium and auditorium, which houses the school’s popular music program. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace, John Carroll students walk out to honor Florida shooting victims," 14 Mar. 2018 In Grand Rapids Public Schools, every school in the district is allowing students and staff to voluntarily participate in walkout events, which will take place outside at the high school level and in gymnasiums and cafeterias for grades K-8. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "National School Walkout: More than 85 Michigan schools to participate," 12 Mar. 2018 The organization's executive, board members and coaches attended the Karolyis ranch and other gymnasiums. Mitch Weiss,, "U.S. Gymnasts Tell AP Sport Rife With Verbal, Emotional Abuse," 24 Feb. 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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