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palaestra

[ puh-les-truh ]

noun

, plural pa·laes·tras, pa·laes·trae [p, uh, -, les, -tree].
  1. Greek Antiquity. palestra.


palaestra

/ -ˈliː-; pəˈlɛstrə /

noun

  1. (in ancient Greece or Rome) a public place devoted to the training of athletes


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Word History and Origins

Origin of palaestra1

C16: via Latin from Greek palaistra, from palaiein to wrestle

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Example Sentences

The priests deserted the Temple for the palaestra and the young nobles wore the Greek cap.

The building, he replied, is a newly erected Palaestra; and the entertainment is generally conversation, to which you are welcome.

Here the place of meeting, which is also a palaestra, is quite forgotten, and the boys play a subordinate part.

Inside a palaestra, the peristyle ought to be laid out as described above.

The weakling never appeared in the Palaestra, which even the great Mark Antony did not disdain to visit.

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