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 gymnasia (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 Abe told one of the elderly female residents sitting on the wooden floor of an elementary school gymnasium in Koriyama city. Washington Post, "Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed," 17 Oct. 2019 His funeral was held Sunday in the gymnasium at Shelton State Community College. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘His star was so bright’: Thousands honor slain Tuscaloosa police officer Det. Dornell Cousette," 22 Sep. 2019 About a third of the nights each year, some families must sleep on mats on the floor of an adjacent gymnasium. Leila Atassi, cleveland, "An evening at Cuyahoga County’s overflow shelter for homeless families opened my eyes to Cleveland’s quiet crisis," 20 Sep. 2019 After a life of worshipping Hoosier basketball history, Javier Puertas finally travels from Spain to see New Castle fieldhouse and other iconic gymnasiums. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "'Hoosiers' director, writer surprise visiting Spanish super fan after IndyStar story," 12 Aug. 2019 In addition, other parts of the building were leaking, causing mold, rotting wood and water dripping on the gymnasium floor. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights’ energy future looks greener, more efficient with $6M upgrade," 4 Nov. 2019 The subdivision comes on the heels of the 2020 opening of the Johnson Legacy Complex – an $8 million city investment to refurbish the mothballed gymnasium at Johnson High, which closed in 2016 – building momentum to revitalize north Huntsville. Paul Gattis |, al, "Johnson development ‘everything’ for north Huntsville," 16 Oct. 2019 Evacuation centers were set up in coastal towns, and people laid in wait on gymnasium floors. Fox News, "Super Typhoon Hagibis tears through Japan sparking massive floods, at least 1 dead," 12 Oct. 2019 The newest projects on the list include $200,000 for moisture mitigation design and replacement of the Smith Middle School gymnasium floor. Peter Marteka,, "Glastonbury school board to recommend 2020-21 capital improvement projects," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Gymnasium.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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