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[ney-tuh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, nat-uh-]
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noun, plural na·ta·to·ri·ums, na·ta·to·ri·a [ney-tuh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-, nat-uh-] /ˌneɪ təˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌnæt ə-/.
  1. a swimming pool, especially one that is indoors.
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Origin of natatorium

1885–90; < Late Latin natātōrium swimming place, equivalent to Latin natā(re) to swim + -tōrium -tory2
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Related Words for natatorium

tank, lake, bath, lagoon, pond, basin, puddle, pool, splash, mere, tarn, natatorium, millpond

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Historical Examples of natatorium

  • She shivered a little, though it was warm in the natatorium.

    The Orchard Secret

    Cleo Garis

  • Then when she was quite strong, she had gone to the natatorium.

  • Nearest them was a two-story structure of light-colored stone which Inspector Burton pointed out as the Natatorium.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for natatorium


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
  1. rare a swimming pool, esp an indoor pool
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Word Origin for natatorium

C20: from Late Latin: swimming place, pool
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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.

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