- a building or room designed and equipped for indoor sports, exercise, or physical education.
- a place where Greek youths met for exercise and discussion.
Origin of gymnasium1
- (often initial capital letter) (in continental Europe, especially Germany) a classical school preparatory to the universities.
Origin of gymnasium2
Examples from the Web for gymnasium
They stormed the gymnasium by land one sunny spring day in 1904.
Two parallel fences tipped with barbed wire formed a narrow corridor into the gymnasium.
The dining hall, it seemed, had been put to more use than the gymnasium.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
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“This is not a gymnasium or spectator sport,” Ingram warned.Despite Intimidation, Alleged Victim Testifies Against Accused Rapist
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He once ran naked through the gymnasium during a basketball game.Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Back Painful Memories for the Moms of Mass Killers
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So they left the river and passed the gymnasium and the gate.
The temple and walls and gymnasium were all of stone and looked as though they had been there forever.
He heard his wonderful brother talk for hours of the life in the gymnasium.
The soldier tried to get up to me by means of the trapeze and the gymnasium rope.My Double Life
She and the other teachers were seated on the raised platform at the end of the gymnasium.The Green Satin Gown
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- a large room or hall equipped with bars, weights, ropes, etc, for games or physical training
- (in various European countries) a secondary school that prepares pupils for university
Word Origin and History for gymnasium
1590s, "place of exercise," from Latin gymnasium "school for gymnastics," from Greek gymnasion "public place where athletic exercises are practiced; gymnastics school," in plural, "bodily exercises," from gymnazein "to exercise or train," literally or figuratively, literally "to train naked," from gymnos "naked" (see naked). Introduced to German 15c. as a name for "high school" (more or less paralleling a sense in Latin); in English it has remained purely athletic.