gymnasium

noun gym·na·si·um \ sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-əm , -zhəm ; sense 2 is usually gim-ˈnä-zē-əm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of gymnasium

plural gymnasiums or -nasia play \ sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-ə, -zhə; sense 2 is usually gim-ˈnä-zē-ə\
1 a : 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

Examples of gymnasium in a Sentence

  1. since it was raining, the kids had recess in the gymnasium

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Origin and Etymology of gymnasium

Latin, exercise ground, school, from Greek gymnasion, from gymnazein to exercise naked, from gymnos naked — more at naked

gymnasium Synonyms

Synonyms
gym, health club, health spa, spa
Related Words
arena, bowl, coliseum, colosseum, stadium

GYMNASIUM Defined for English Language Learners

gymnasium

noun

Definition of gymnasium for English Language Learners

  • : a room or building that has equipment for sports activities or exercise


GYMNASIUM Defined for Kids

gymnasium

noun gym·na·si·um \ jim-ˈnā-zē-əm \

Definition of gymnasium for Students

: a room or building for sports events or exercise


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