gymkhana

[ jim-kah-nuh ]
/ dʒɪmˈkɑ nə /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. gym,
  2. gym bunny,
  3. gym shoe,
  4. gym suit,
  5. gymel,
  6. gymn-,
  7. gymnanthous,
  8. gymnasia,
  9. gymnasiarch,
  10. gymnasiast

Origin of gymkhana

1860–65; < Hindi gē̃dkhānā literally, ball-house (influenced by gymnastics)

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British Dictionary definitions for gymkhana

gymkhana

/ (dʒɪmˈkɑːnə) /

noun

mainly British 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 for gymkhana

C19: from Hindi gend-khānā, literally: ball house, from khāna house; influenced by gymnasium

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Word Origin and History for gymkhana

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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