or cal·lis·then·ics

[ kal-uh s-then-iks ]
/ ˌkæl əsˈθɛn ɪks /


(used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor, usually performed with little or no special apparatus.
(used with a singular verb) the art, practice, or a session of such exercises.

Origin of calisthenics

1840–50; cali- (variant of calli-) + Greek sthén(os) strength + -ics

OTHER WORDS FROM calisthenics

cal·is·then·ic, cal·is·then·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calisthenics

British Dictionary definitions for calisthenics

/ (ˌkælɪsˈθɛnɪks) /


a variant spelling (esp US) of callisthenics

Derived forms of calisthenics

calisthenic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for calisthenics

[ kăl′ĭs-thĕnĭks ]


Gymnastic exercises, such as sit-ups, designed to develop muscular tone and promote physical fitness.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.