na·​ta·​to·​ri·​um ˌnā-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce natatorium (audio)
plural natatoria ˌnā-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce natatorium (audio)
also natatoriums
: a building or complex that contains one or more swimming pools
They currently have a middle school under construction, and are building a natatorium, or swimming facility for the two high school swim teams in the community.Roger Riley
also : an indoor swimming pool
Students can access state-of-the-art facilities, including a 10-lane natatorium for PE classes, swim team and recreational activities. The Northeast Georgian
But beneath a handful of townhouses and skyscrapers lies a hidden realm most will never know: subterranean natatoria carved into basement floors and exquisitely maintained so residents can swim year round—fall, winter, spring, summer. Craig Kellogg

Examples of natatorium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond an open-air climbing facility, only one new permanent sports venue has been constructed specifically for the Games: the Aquatics Centre, an eco-responsible natatorium in the suburb of Saint-Denis that will host diving, water polo, and artistic-swimming competitions. Dana Thomas, Architectural Digest, 3 July 2024 Parents and guardians were told to check in at the natatorium next to the Athletics Center. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Apr. 2024 Last year, Domo proposed a $1.5 billion series of projects for the next phase of the city’s north riverfront development that would include an arena, soccer stadium, natatorium and housing covering more than 60 acres. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2024 The 40th annual Southwest Ohio Swimming & Diving Classic will be held this weekend at various natatoriums throughout Cincinnati. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 11 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for natatorium 

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Word History


Late Latin, from Latin natare

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of natatorium was in 1832

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“Natatorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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