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palestra

[puh-les-truh] /pəˈlɛs trə/
noun, plural palestras, palestrae
[puh-les-tree] /pəˈlɛs tri/ (Show IPA).
Greek Antiquity
1.
a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.
Also, palaestra.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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British Dictionary definitions for palestra

palaestra

/pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-/
noun (pl) -tras, -trae (-triː)
1.
(in ancient Greece or Rome) a public place devoted to the training of athletes
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek palaistra, from palaiein to wrestle

palestra

/pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-/
noun (pl) -tras, -trae (-triː)
1.
the usual US spelling of palaestra
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Word Origin and History for palestra
n.

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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