- Greek Antiquity. palestra.
- a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.
Origin of palestra
Examples from the Web for palaestra
Thereupon I led Ctesippus into the Palaestra, and the rest followed.Lysis
And at that moment all the people in the palaestra crowded about us, and, O rare!Charmides
Leave the forum, the palaestra, the race-course, and gymnasium?The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus
Caius Valerius Catullus
Originally there was no communication between the women's baths and the palaestra.
First there was a court, palaestra, surrounded by a colonnade.
esp US palestra
- (in ancient Greece or Rome) a public place devoted to the training of athletes
- the usual US spelling of palaestra
Word Origin and History for palaestra
early 15c., from Old French palestre (12c.), from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra "gymnasium, public place for exercise," originally "wrestling school," from palaiein "to wrestle" (of unknown origin) + -tra, suffix denoting place.