- a plural of gymnasium1.
- a plural of gymnasium2.
- 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
Related Words for gymnasiatheater, amphitheater, stadium, gym, rink, center, floor, coliseum, circus, alley, course, hippodrome, spa, ring, pit, sweatshop
Examples from the Web for gymnasia
Historical Examples of gymnasia
Had you rather witness the sports of the gymnasia than the works of artists?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Are not those who train in gymnasia, at first beginning reduced to a state of weakness?Laws
If he, or she, has greater ambitions, there are gymnasia for boys and high schools for girls.Bulgaria
The directors of the gymnasia were in reality physicians, and acted as such.Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine
James Sands Elliott
Then there are roundabouts uncountable, and gymnasia abundant.Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
- 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 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.