gym·na·si·um | \ sense 1 jim-ˈnā-zē-əm , -zhəm ; sense 2 is usually gim-ˈnä-zē-əm \
plural gymnasiums or gymnasia\sense 1jim-ˈnā-zē-ə, -zhə; sense 2 is usuallygim-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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Since launching a pizza empire from his family's Jeffersonville bar in 1984s, Schnatter has donated millions of dollars, with his name or his company’s affixed to everything from local gymnasiums to major university football stadiums. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Cardinal Stadium is Papa John's to name, but pressure mounts to change it," 12 July 2018 And a look inside reveals several classrooms that are close to being ready for finishing work, while areas such as the cafetorium and gymnasium in other parts of the building are less complete. Chuck Fieldman,, "Classrooms taking shape in new Hinsdale Middle School building," 12 July 2018 The auditorium and gymnasium building on the south side of Congress Avenue is slated for demolition, too, unless an alternate use is proposed and developed outside of the school system, an HCPS official said last month. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Groundbreaking held for new Havre de Grace High and Middle School," 12 Apr. 2018 Sugar Hill broke ground in 2016 on the E Center, which includes the 387-seat performing arts theater, gymnasium, and 43,000 square feet of restaurant, retail, office and meeting space, all overlooking The Bowl. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Sugar Hill’s performing arts theatre nearing completion," 4 July 2018 Riverside Park includes a family center with gymnasium, meeting/function rooms, weight room, craft room, outdoor pool, tennis, baseball, playgrounds, picnic shelters, basketball, horseshoe pit and football. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Best places to fish in the Indianapolis area," 2 July 2018 Everyone in the gymnasium, including of course his father, cheered in disbelief at the chip off the old block. Melissa Locker, Time, "LeBron James's 13-Year Old Son Almost Dunked And His Reaction Says It All," 25 June 2018 Camp features and activities include field trips, swimming pool, gymnasiums, sports fields, tennis courts, weekly special events, Israeli programs, Shabbat celebrations and more. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Broward, Miami-Dade JCCs offer summer camp programs," 6 June 2018 The campus’s cafeteria, the Trapp Auditorium and the main gymnasium, will remain without air conditioning, Moten said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County Lines: Repairs planned at Round Lake Park school devastated by floods," 20 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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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 \

Kids Definition of gymnasium

: a room or building for sports events or exercise

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