- a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.
Origin of palestra
Examples from the Web for palestra
PTL (Italian, n.)—the Italian translation for gym (palestra), tanning (tintarella), and laundry (lavanderia).‘Jersey Shore’ Guide to Italian
August 4, 2011
This wasnt a lovers bower; it was only a palestra, or an observatory.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
But when we leave the child "free as a man" in the palestra of his own intelligence, his type changes entirely.Spontaneous Activity in Education
The Spartan maidens were required to exercise in the palestra, almost naked, in the presence of men and strangers.The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)
Walter M. Chandler
For many things there be, which we must conceit and apprehend, as though we had had to do with an antagonist at the palestra.Meditations
- the usual US spelling of palaestra
Word Origin and History for palestra
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.