Origin: 1375–1425;late Middle Englishpalestre < Latinpalaestra a wrestling school, place of exercise < Greekpalaístra, equivalent to palais-, variant stem of palaíein to wrestle + -tra feminine noun suffix of place
1412, from O.Fr. palestre (12c.), from L. palæstra, from Gk. palaistra "gymnasium, public place for exercise," originally "wrestling school," from palaiein "to wrestle" (of unknown origin) + -tra, suffix denoting place.