[ jim-ney-zee-uhm ]
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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.

Origin of gymnasium

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

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  • gym·na·si·al, adjective

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[ gim-nah-zee-uhm ]

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.

Origin of gymnasium

1685–95; <German; special use of gymnasium1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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/ (dʒɪmˈneɪzɪəm) /

nounplural -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

Origin of gymnasium

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

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