Two people working out at a gymnasium.
An example of a gymnasium is the room in a school where kids go for physical education and get to play basketball and other sports.
- a room or building equipped for physical training and athletic games and sports
- in Germany and some other European countries, a secondary school for students preparing to enter a university
Origin of gymnasiumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek gymnasion, place for exercising ; from gymnazein, to train naked ; from gymnos, naked, stripped ; from Indo-European base an unverified form nogw- from source naked, Classical Latin nudus
nounpl. gym·na·si·ums or gym·na·si·a Sports
- A room or building equipped for indoor sports.
- An academic high school in some central European countries, especially Germany, that prepares students for the university.
Origin of gymnasiumLatin, school, from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein, to exercise naked, from gumnos, naked; see nogw- in Indo-European roots.
(plural gymnasia or gymnasiums)
From Latin gymnasium, from Ancient Greek γυμνάσιον (gumnasion, “exercise, school”), from γυμνός (gumnos, “naked”), because Greek athletes trained naked.