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 gymnasium (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 Natina Reed, Shamari DeVoe, and Brandi Williams, can be seen practicing and dancing in plainclothes inside their high school gymnasium, strutting the hallways, and kissing and interacting with boys in front of their lockers. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 10 Jan. 2022 Northside's games against Little Rock Central will be held at Gayle Kaundart Fieldhouse with the home games on January 14 against Conway likely also being held at the old gymnasium. Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2022 The floor is composed of wood repurposed from an old school gymnasium. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 Wernevi, who now lives in Providence, remembers being evacuated from her family’s Block Island home and everyone packing into the gymnasium at the Block Island School., 22 Aug. 2021 Heinen said the gymnasium and multipurpose hall should not be considered as a religious use because they won’t be used during prayer sessions. Suzanne Baker,, 2 Sep. 2021 Volunteers gather on the third Thursday of each month at the Forest Home Avenue School gymnasium to sort items for the mobile food pantry. Jessica Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Dec. 2021 The Holiday Park Youth Volleyball Program members have not been forgotten and are getting in on the action at the indoor gymnasium. Emmett Hall,, 4 Nov. 2021 The Press Trust of India news agency said Rajkumar complained of chest pains after working out for two hours at a gymnasium. Ashok Sharma, ajc, 29 Oct. 2021

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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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26 Jan 2022

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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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