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[turn-vuh-rahyn, too rn-; German too rn-fer-ahyn] /ˈtɜrn vəˌraɪn, ˈtʊərn-; German ˈtʊərn fɛrˌaɪn/
an athletic club, especially of gymnasts.
Origin of turnverein
1850-55, Americanism; < German: gymnastic club, equivalent to turn(en) to practice gymnastics (see turner2) + Verein union Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When he went to the turnverein, it was to hear the old tongue, to sing the old songs.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Both of these drawings took place in turnverein Hall, and the chances sold at about three hundred and fifty dollars each.

  • Every boy, even every girl, begins them at school, and the boy when he leaves school joins a turnverein.

    Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

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