gymkhana definition by Webster's New World
- a place where athletic contests or games are held
- any of various contests involving skills, as in horseback riding, automobile racing, etc.
Origin: Anglo-Indian altered (by analogy with gymnasium) ; from Hindustani gend-khāna, racket court ; from gend, ball plush khāna, court, place
gymkhana definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various meets at which contests are held to test the skill of the competitors, as in equestrianship, gymnastics, or sports car racing.
- The place where such an event is held.
Origin: Probably alteration (influenced by gymnastics) of Hindi geṁd-khānā, racket court : geṁd, ball (of Dravidian origin) + khānā, house (from Persian khāna, variant of khān; see khan2).