gymkhana definition by Webster's New World
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- a place where athletic contests or games are held
- any of various contests involving skills, as in horseback riding, automobile racing, etc.
Origin of gymkhanaAnglo-Indian altered (by analogy with gymnasium) ; from Hindustani gend-khāna, racket court ; from gend, ball + khāna, court, place
gymkhana definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- 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 of gymkhanaProbably alteration (influenced by gymnastics) of Hindi ge&mdot;d-khānā, racket court : ge&mdot;d, ball (of Dravidian origin) + khānā, house (from Persian khāna, variant of khān; see khan2).