palaestra

[ puh-les-truh ]
/ pəˈlɛs trə /
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noun, plural pa·laes·tras, pa·laes·trae [puh-les-tree] /pəˈlɛs tri/.

Greek Antiquity. palestra.

Definition for palaestra (2 of 2)

palestra

or pa·laes·tra

[ puh-les-truh ]
/ pəˈlɛs trə /

noun, plural pa·les·tras, pa·les·trae [puh-les-tree] /pəˈlɛs tri/. Greek Antiquity.

a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.

Origin of palestra

1375–1425; late Middle English palestre < Latin palaestra a wrestling school, place of exercise < Greek palaístra, equivalent to palais-, variant stem of palaíein to wrestle + -tra feminine noun suffix of place
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British Dictionary definitions for palaestra (1 of 2)

palaestra

esp US palestra

/ (pəˈlɛstrə, -ˈliː-) /

noun plural -tras or -trae (-triː)

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

Word Origin for palaestra

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

British Dictionary definitions for palaestra (2 of 2)

palestra

/ (pəˈlɛstrə, -ˈliː-) /

noun plural -tras or -trae (-triː)

the usual US spelling of palaestra
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