- a swimming pool, especially one that is indoors.
Origin of natatorium
Examples from the Web for natatorium
She shivered a little, though it was warm in the natatorium.The Orchard Secret
Then when she was quite strong, she had gone to the natatorium.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Nearest them was a two-story structure of light-colored stone which Inspector Burton pointed out as the Natatorium.The Radio Boys on Secret Service Duty
Here in this gem of a natatorium one can swim in water above blood heat, five feet deep and twenty-five from rim to rim.A Summer's Outing
Carter H. Harrison
You're a champion swimmer–go to some natatorium and give swimming lessons.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
- rare a swimming pool, esp an indoor pool
Word Origin and History for natatorium
1890, New Englandish word for "swimming pool," from Latin natator "swimmer" (from nare "to swim") + -ium, neuter suffix. Latin nare is from PIE root *sna- "to swim" (cf. Sanskrit snati "bathes;" Avestan snayeite "washes, cleans;" Armenian nay "wet, liquid," Greek notios "wet, damp," nekhein "to swim;" Middle Irish snaim "I swim," snam "a swimming"). Middle English had natatorie "a pool, bath," early 14c., from Latin.