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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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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The main gymnasium's hardwood floor buckled, arching a few feet in the air in some spots. Chris Shelton, Houston Chronicle, "After $285 million bond Sheldon ISD nears debuts of new football stadium, high school," 5 Sep. 2019 The new school building was constructed on the same property as the old one, and students gathered inside the west gymnasium Tuesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Alexandra Kukulka,, "School starts at Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, with Maple School welcoming students and staff to new building," 3 Sep. 2019 The project will total $142 million once the expansion of the Doc Hurley Field House gymnasium is complete in January or February, according to Konstantinos Diamantis, director of the state Office of School Construction Grants and Review. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford community members who fought for Weaver High School take in its transformation," 26 Aug. 2019 The gymnasium has a new ADA compliant viewing area. Chris Mayhew,, "Covington Catholic unveils finished $10 million expansion Sunday: Chapel Tower a focal point," 22 Aug. 2019 Tuberville told a gymnasium full of people at a Madison County Republican Men’s Club breakfast. Lee Roop |, al, "Trump ‘saved this country,’ Tuberville says in Senate campaign stop," 17 Aug. 2019 The only solace many of these kids had was staying at a community center’s gymnasium overnight with strangers. NBC News, "Being an undocumented immigrant threw me into a mental health crisis – here's why," 13 Aug. 2019 The scene inside this sweaty gymnasium would be familiar to most Americans: new graduates queuing nervously down the aisle as their names were called one by one. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "‘I Kind of Redeemed Myself’—College Programs Aim to Shift the Odds for Prison Inmates," 6 July 2019 The refurbished gymnasium hosts basketball games, yoga classes, and job training sessions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Buffalo elementary school gets second life as solar-powered community hub," 19 July 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 How to pronounce gymnasium (audio) \

Kids Definition of gymnasium

: a room or building for sports events or exercise

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