in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) , -(ˌ)trä- \

Definition of intramural

1a : 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

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intramurally \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈmyu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramural (audio) , -​(ˌ)trä-​ \ 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.

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Recent Examples on the Web Classes included reading in Spanish, a journalism course for first-graders, and intramural sports and drama. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 The tennis, pickleball and bocce intramural leagues created inside the community resulted in a big turnout and higher participation numbers. Alex Kushel,, 18 June 2021 But students protested because of their loyalty to the Banana Slug, which had been used unofficially for the school’s intramural sports and other activities as a symbol that everyone could participate. Victoria Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Alexander’s decision to take left-side tires and fuel set up Dillon’s intramural battle with teammate Tyler Reddick, then a Cup rookie, Austin’s winning pass on a restart and an inspired 1-2 finish for Richard Childress Racing. John Sturbin, Dallas News, 10 June 2021 Cordell was on his way to a future in business or finance, but the combination of those intramural experiences and going back to Bel Air to coach clarified his future. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 25 May 2021 At her insistence, the university shuts down fraternities, sororities and intramural sports teams and thins out the dorms by sending a number of students to live in hotels. Cody Delistraty, WSJ, 3 May 2021 Rapinoe's piece comes days after Arkansas became the second state this year to ban transgender student athletes from joining a girl's school, intramural or club sport – from elementary to the collegiate level. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 29 Mar. 2021 Take a drama class, join an intramural team, robotics club, and/or service organization. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of intramural

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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“Intramural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intramural

US : existing or occurring within a particular group or organization (such as a school)


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Kids Definition of intramural

: being or occurring within the limits of a school intramural sports


in·​tra·​mu·​ral | \ -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio) \

Medical Definition of intramural

: 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

Other Words from intramural

intramurally \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce intramural (audio) \ adverb

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