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gymkhana

[jim-kah-nuh] /dʒɪmˈkɑ nə/
noun
1.
a field day held for equestrians, consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship and much pageantry.
2.
Also called autocross. a competition in which sports cars are timed as they travel on a closed, twisting course that requires much maneuvering.
3.
any of various other sporting events, as a gymnastics exhibition or surfing contest.
4.
a place where any such event is held.
Origin of gymkhana
1860-1865
1860-65; < Hindi gē̃dkhānā literally, ball-house (influenced by gymnastics)
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  • Directly after dinner we went in an open carriage to the ball at the gymkhana.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The official people must all be at the Club and gymkhana, or at Church.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • The gymkhana represents the "compulsory games" of a public school.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Take me out and show me the place and the shops and the gymkhana—what do you call it here?

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly
  • Or was the gymkhana momentarily the stronger magnet of the two?

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Even over the gymkhana programme, there had been an undercurrent of friction.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • "I believe we're going to get the £100 just by collecting, and that the gymkhana will be extra," said Bessie Manners exultingly.

  • But thoughts so unsettling were out of place, in the midst of a gymkhana with the grand climax imminent.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • Despite the prevailing glumness, however, the populace turned out to patronise a gymkhana entertainment at the Light Horse camp.

  • Now the gymkhana has been quadrupled in size, and far more than quadrupled in membership.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
British Dictionary definitions for gymkhana

gymkhana

/dʒɪmˈkɑːnə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an event in which horses and riders display skill and aptitude in various races and contests
2.
(esp in Anglo-India) a place providing sporting and athletic facilities
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi gend-khānā, literally: ball house, from khāna house; influenced by gymnasium
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Word Origin and History for gymkhana

1861, Anglo-Indian, said to be from Hindustani gend-khana, literally "ball house;" altered in English by influence of gymnasium.

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