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[jim-kah-nuh] /dʒɪmˈkɑ nə/
a field day held for equestrians, consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship and much pageantry.
Also called autocross. a competition in which sports cars are timed as they travel on a closed, twisting course that requires much maneuvering.
any of various other sporting events, as a gymnastics exhibition or surfing contest.
a place where any such event is held.
Origin of gymkhana
1860-65; < Hindi gē̃dkhānā literally, ball-house (influenced by gymnastics) Unabridged
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  • 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
  • At half-past nine they and their royal suite drove out to the fête grounds, adjoining the Bombay gymkhana building.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
  • Despite the prevailing glumness, however, the populace turned out to patronise a gymkhana entertainment at the Light Horse camp.

  • Apparently, the European population in Rangoon exists solely in order to go to the gymkhana.

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

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Periodically a gymkhana is got up, with donkey races, gymnastic competitions, and the distribution of prizes.

  • This is the same "cop" aggregation that won the title from the firemen at the gymkhana.

British Dictionary definitions for gymkhana


(mainly Brit) an event in which horses and riders display skill and aptitude in various races and contests
(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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