intramural

adjective

in·​tra·​mu·​ral ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
-(ˌ)trä-
1
a
: competed only within the student body
intramural sports
b
: being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution
intramural squabbles
2
: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ
intramurally adverb

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With its Latin prefix intra-, "within" (not to be confused with inter-, "between"), intramural means literally "within the walls". The word is usually used for sports played between teams made up only from students at one campus. Intramural athletics is often the most popular extracurricular activity at a college or university.

Examples of intramural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police in Georgia continue investigating the death of a college student whose body was found slain at the University of Georgia's popular intramural fields. Wayne Ford, USA TODAY, 24 Feb. 2024 But Tuesday’s congressional primaries are mostly intramural party affairs. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2024 Riley was killed while on a jog at the university’s intramural fields, and her body was later found behind a nearby lake. Kaitlyn Schwanemann, CNN, 2 Mar. 2024 The couple met when playing intramural volleyball. Passport: Explore the finest destinations and experiences around the world in the Forbes Passport newsletter. Gary Stoller, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The intramural field trails where Riley was attacked are a popular spot for running, jogging or just taking a stroll with friends, UGA student Chaston Atkins told CNN. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 What Johnson doesn’t mention is that these jobs can be taxing, involve low pay, require working hours way past 9 p.m. on a weekday, and bear dangerous conditions not even close to said intramural sports. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Bennett Kotok, the 2023 St. Thomas Academy grad who was captain of the championship baseball team and an all-conference linebacker in football, plus top-five in his pre-med class at Creighton, died unexpectedly last week playing intramural basketball at Creighton. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Jones noted all intramural sports fields at the University of Arkansas and Auburn University sport GeoSurfaces' turf. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of intramural was in 1846

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“Intramural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intramural. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

intramural

adjective
in·​tra·​mu·​ral ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
ˌin-(ˌ)trä-
: being, occurring, or undertaken within the limits usually of a school
intramural sports

Medical Definition

intramural

adjective
in·​tra·​mu·​ral -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ
intramural infarction
failure of or delay in intramural myocardial conductionAmerican Journal of Cardiology
intramurally adverb

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