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 The second floor of the recreation center would include a fitness center and a two-court gymnasium, while the third floor would have an elevated running track overlooking the athletic courts. Steve Schering,, "Proposed Oak Park recreation center passes halfway point in fundraising effort, parks officials say," 13 Nov. 2020 For 22 years as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Raytown High, Mark Scanlon unlocked the school’s gymnasium during the summer and teenagers emerged from the scorching Kansas City, Mo., heat for pickup games. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Chauncey Billups is in perfect spot to help Tyronn Lue coach the Clippers," 10 Nov. 2020 Those who went in-person on Election Day likely found themselves in a school gymnasium or municipal building. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An amusement park, a bar and museums: Wisconsinites cast their ballots at unusual polling locations," 3 Nov. 2020 If the wrestling mats can be moved to the gymnasium at a different time than basketball, that is ideal, Hines said. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "AIA board eliminates wrestling invitationals, reduces basketball, soccer tourneys amid pandemic," 30 Oct. 2020 In Garrett County, jurors will report to a high school gymnasium, according to Ripken. Washington Post, "Jurors in a fire station, high school gym and the ‘Cow Palace.’ How Maryland is restarting jury trials in the pandemic.," 6 Oct. 2020 Many Americans watch fireworks displays on Independence Day, eat turkey on Thanksgiving and, on Election Day, head to a school gymnasium, library or senior center to cast a ballot for their favorite presidential candidate. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "An Election That Could Hinge on the Voting Process Itself," 25 Sep. 2020 The bright lights beaming down for a coliseum-like gymnasium. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Battle-tested Brebeuf Jesuit ready for Class 3A state final against Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger," 6 Nov. 2020 Friday afternoon, officials of Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep cut the ribbon on the school’s new $14.5 million Innovation Center, which includes a gymnasium, arts classrooms, a dining facility, and counseling and administrative offices. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Maryann Mihalopoulos was a driving force in fundraising," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Gymnasium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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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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