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gymkhana

[jim-kah-nuh] /dʒɪmˈkɑ nə/
noun
1.
a field day held for equestrians, consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship and much pageantry.
2.
Also called autocross. a competition in which sports cars are timed as they travel on a closed, twisting course that requires much maneuvering.
3.
any of various other sporting events, as a gymnastics exhibition or surfing contest.
4.
a place where any such event is held.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Hindi gē̃dkhānā literally, ball-house (influenced by gymnastics)
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  • The track was used for gymkhana events, braking, starting and stop ping tests and otter stunts.
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British Dictionary definitions for gymkhana

gymkhana

/dʒɪmˈkɑːnə/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) an event in which horses and riders display skill and aptitude in various races and contests
2.
(esp in Anglo-India) a place providing sporting and athletic facilities
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi gend-khānā, literally: ball house, from khāna house; influenced by gymnasium
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Word Origin and History for gymkhana

1861, Anglo-Indian, said to be from Hindustani gend-khana, literally "ball house;" altered in English by influence of gymnasium.

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Encyclopedia Article for gymkhana

originally in 19th-century India and England, a display of athletics and equestrian events; in the 20th century, also a form of automobile sport in which a series of events is planned to test driving skill and demonstrate accurate car handling. Auto gymkhanas usually are held on parking lots on which a series of short but intricate courses are laid out. A typical event is a race over a tight, twisting course marked out by pylons or similar devices; competing drivers complete the course one at a time and are timed to 1100 second and penalized for errors, such as brushing a pylon or going off course. Other events may include driving in reverse, 180 and 360 turns, parking tests, and braking tests

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