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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As the students filed into the gymnasium, a crowd of about 300 friends, siblings and parents cheered the graduates on. Ruth Bruno,, "Capital Prep High School Principal Addresses Graduates: 'This Is What Winning Looks Like'," 1 June 2018 The event, which is in its seventh year, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Hills High School gymnasium, 3200 Ebenezer Road. Forrest Sellers,, "Volleyball game helps school community by raising proceeds for those experiencing hardship," 6 Mar. 2018 At the time, nearly 200 seniors were gathered in the gymnasium to rehearse for their upcoming graduation ceremony. Matthew Walberg,, "'I wasn't going to let him get away,' says Dixon cop who confronted suspect in high school shooting," 24 May 2018 Brian Powers/The Register CRESTON, Iowa — The only place here large enough to hold the shock and grief engulfing this town will be Southwestern Community College, perhaps in the gymnasium. USA TODAY, "'Half my family is gone': Mom mourns Iowa family found dead at Mexico resort," 23 Mar. 2018 Chains stretch across Congress during the school day at the intersections with North Adams Street and North Juniata Street while students cross between the main building and the gymnasium/auditorium. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Havre de Grace, John Carroll students walk out to honor Florida shooting victims," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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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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