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  1. a plural of gymnasium1.
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[jim-ney-zee-uh, -zhuh]
  1. a plural of gymnasium2.
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[jim-ney-zee-uh m]
noun, plural gym·na·si·ums, gym·na·si·a [jim-ney-zee-uh, -zhuh] /dʒɪmˈneɪ zi ə, -ʒə/.
  1. a building or room designed and equipped for indoor sports, exercise, or physical education.
  2. a place where Greek youths met for exercise and discussion.
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Origin of gymnasium1

1590–1600; < Latin: a public school for gymnastics < Greek gymnásion gymnastic school (derivative of gymnázein to train in the nude
Related formsgym·na·si·al, adjective


[gim-nah-zee-uh m]
noun, plural gym·na·si·ums, gym·na·si·a [gim-nah-zee-uh] /gɪmˈnɑ zi ə/.
  1. (often initial capital letter) (in continental Europe, especially Germany) a classical school preparatory to the universities.
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Origin of gymnasium2

1685–95; < German; special use of gymnasium1
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Examples from the Web for gymnasia

Historical Examples

  • Had you rather witness the sports of the gymnasia than the works of artists?


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Are not those who train in gymnasia, at first beginning reduced to a state of weakness?



  • If he, or she, has greater ambitions, there are gymnasia for boys and high schools for girls.


    Frank Fox

  • The directors of the gymnasia were in reality physicians, and acted as such.

  • Then there are roundabouts uncountable, and gymnasia abundant.

    Mystic London:

    Charles Maurice Davies

British Dictionary definitions for gymnasia


noun plural -siums or -sia (-zɪə)
  1. a large room or hall equipped with bars, weights, ropes, etc, for games or physical training
  2. (in various European countries) a secondary school that prepares pupils for university
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: school for gymnastics, from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein to exercise naked, from gumnos naked
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

Word Origin and History for gymnasia



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.

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