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[ney-tuh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-, nat-uh-] /ˌneɪ təˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌnæt ə-/
noun, plural natatoriums, natatoria
[ney-tuh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-, nat-uh-] /ˌneɪ təˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌnæt ə-/ (Show IPA)
a swimming pool, especially one that is indoors.
1885-90; < Late Latin natātōrium swimming place, equivalent to Latin natā(re) to swim + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged
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  • In support of natatorium, pools, and other additional components.
  • Overlooking the natatorium and gymnasium is our fitness center.
  • Conducts inspections of natatorium facility and equipment, and ensures facility compliance with all regulations.
  • The area where an addition could work is also the only space available for future expansion of the natatorium.
British Dictionary definitions for natatorium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
(rare) a swimming pool, esp an indoor pool
Word Origin
C20: from Late Latin: swimming place, pool
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Word Origin and History for natatorium

1890, New Englandish word for "swimming pool," from Latin natator "swimmer" (from nare "to swim") + -ium, neuter suffix. Latin nare is from PIE root *sna- "to swim" (cf. Sanskrit snati "bathes;" Avestan snayeite "washes, cleans;" Armenian nay "wet, liquid," Greek notios "wet, damp," nekhein "to swim;" Middle Irish snaim "I swim," snam "a swimming"). Middle English had natatorie "a pool, bath," early 14c., from Latin.

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