pa·​laes·​tra pə-ˈle-strə How to pronounce palaestra (audio)
plural palaestrae pə-ˈle-(ˌ)strē How to pronounce palaestra (audio)
: a school in ancient Greece or Rome for sports (such as wrestling)

Examples of palaestra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finds include a Roman palaestra (wrestling hall), mosaics, ceramics, a council building and a columned gallery. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 June 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of palaestra was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Palaestra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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