Gym nasial


1 [jim-ney-zee-uhm]
noun, plural gymnasiums, gymnasia [jim-ney-zee-uh, -zhuh] .
a building or room designed and equipped for indoor sports, exercise, or physical education.
a place where Greek youths met for exercise and discussion.

1590–1600; < Latin: a public school for gymnastics < Greek gymnásion gymnastic school (derivative of gymnázein to train in the nude

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gymnasium (dʒɪmˈneɪzɪəm)
n , pl -siums, -sia
1.  a large room or hall equipped with bars, weights, ropes, etc, for games or physical training
2.  (in various European countries) a secondary school that prepares pupils for university
[C16: from Latin: school for gymnastics, from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein to exercise naked, from gumnos naked]

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Word Origin & History

1598, "place of exercise," from L. gymnasium "school for gymnastics," from Gk. gymnasion, from gymnazein "to exercise or train," lit. "to train naked," from gymnos "naked." Shortened form gym is attested from 1871. Introduced to Ger. 15c. as a name for "high school," in Eng. it has remained purely athletic.
Gymnast (1594) in the modern sense is a back-formation of gymnastic, (1574) from Gk. gynmastikos "pertaining to or skilled in bodily exercise."
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