or pa·laes·tra


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -tras or -trae (-triː)

the usual US spelling of palaestra
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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.

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