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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

GYMNASIUM, n. [Gr. from naked.]
In Greece, a place where athletic exercises were performed. Hence, a place of exercise; a school.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12 [syn: secondary school, lyceum, lycee, Gymnasium, middle school]
2: athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training [syn: gymnasium, gym]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -nasiums or gymnasia) Etymology: Latin, exercise ground, school, from Greek gymnasion, from gymnazein to exercise naked, from gymnos naked more at naked Date: 1598 1. a. a large room used for various indoor sports (as basketball or boxing) and usually equipped with gymnastic apparatus b. a building (as on a college campus) containing space and equipment for various indoor sports activities and usually including spectator accommodations, locker and shower rooms, offices, classrooms, and a swimming pool 2. [German, from Latin, school] a European secondary school that prepares students for the university

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. gymnasiums or gymnasia) 1 a room or building equipped for gymnastics. 2 a school in Germany or Scandinavia that prepares pupils for university entrance. Derivatives: gymnasial adj. Etymology: L f. Gk gumnasion f. gumnazo exercise f. gumnos naked

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Gymnasium Gym*na"si*umn.; pl. E. Gymnasiums, L. Gymnasia. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to exercise (naked), fr. ? naked.] 1. A place or building where athletic exercises are performed; a school for gymnastics. 2. A school for the higher branches of literature and science; a preparatory school for the university; -- used esp. of German schools of this kind. More like ordinary schools of gymnasia than universities. --Hallam.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(gymnasiums, or gymnasia) A gymnasium is the same as a gym. (FORMAL) N-COUNT

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Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Place for athletic exercises. 2. School, seminary, academy, high-school.

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