[ turn-vuh-rahyn, toorn-; German toorn-fer-ahyn ]
/ ˈtɜrn vəˌraɪn, ˈtʊərn-; German ˈtʊərn fɛrˌaɪn /


an athletic club, especially of gymnasts.

Origin of turnverein

1850–55, Americanism;<German: gymnastic club, equivalent to turn(en) to practice gymnastics (see turner2) + Verein union
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Example sentences from the Web for turnverein

  • When he went to the Turnverein, it was to hear the old tongue, to sing the old songs.

    Dangerous Days|Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Both of these drawings took place in Turnverein Hall, and the chances sold at about three hundred and fifty dollars each.

  • Every boy, even every girl, begins them at school, and the boy when he leaves school joins a Turnverein.

    Home Life in Germany|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick