[ jim-ney-zee-uh m ]
/ dʒɪmˈneɪ zi əm /

noun, plural gym·na·si·ums, gym·na·si·a [jim-ney-zee-uh, -zhuh] /dʒɪmˈneɪ zi ə, -ʒə/.

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 gymnasium

1590–1600; < Latin: a public school for gymnastics < Greek gymnásion gymnastic school (derivative of gymnázein to train in the nude

Related forms

gym·na·si·al, adjective

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[ gim-nah-zee-uh m ]
/ gɪmˈnɑ zi əm /

noun, plural gym·na·si·ums, gym·na·si·a [gim-nah-zee-uh] /gɪmˈnɑ zi ə/.

(often initial capital letter) (in continental Europe, especially Germany) a classical school preparatory to the universities.

Origin of gymnasium

1685–95; < German; special use of gymnasium1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gymnasium


/ (dʒɪmˈneɪzɪəm) /

noun plural -siums or -sia (-zɪə)

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

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