palaestra

noun
pa·​laes·​tra | \ pə-ˈle-strə How to pronounce palaestra (audio) \
plural palaestrae\ pə-​ˈle-​(ˌ)strē How to pronounce palaestrae (audio) \

Definition of palaestra

1 : a school in ancient Greece or Rome for sports (such as wrestling)

First Known Use of palaestra

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palaestra

Middle English palestre arena, from Latin palaestra place for wrestling, from Greek palaistra, from palaiein to wrestle

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“Palaestra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palaestra. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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