Definition of gymnasium in English:



  • 1A room or building equipped for gymnastics, games, and other physical exercise.

    • ‘I nodded with a smile, walking across the gymnasium towards the locker rooms.’
    • ‘Like other modern gymnasia, imported exercise machines here promise to prevent and treat injuries caused by sports activities.’
    • ‘It will see the construction of a clubhouse on two floors with six changing rooms and gymnasium, a bar, kitchen and dining room.’
    • ‘Rooney's new pad will have six bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool with jacuzzi and a private cinema.’
    • ‘To cap it all, the building's architecture is redolent of the classical Greek culture that originally founded the concept of gymnasia and held physical exercises in the very highest esteem.’
    • ‘He passed multiple doors that led to offices, closets, cafeterias, living quarters, study rooms, gymnasiums, garages, and practically everything one could ask for in a colony.’
    • ‘Nobody in the game can move iron like he can and he trains at a gymnasium used by Olympic class weightlifters.’
    • ‘At the end of this corridor is a large extension which would be ideally suited for use as a games room or home gymnasium.’
    • ‘In addition to the house there is a leisure complex to the north, which includes a large function room or gymnasium and a swimming pool which is in need of some maintenance.’
    • ‘People are likely to be less active in their lifestyles because of lack of time to exercise or because of the lack of decent or inexpensive gymnasiums, swimming pools and other recreational facilities.’
    • ‘More and more high schools are building larger and grander stadiums and gymnasiums.’
    • ‘Yet he turned down offers to compete, instead spending hours practicing after school in empty gymnasiums or his tiny room, sometimes just sitting cross-legged and staring at a wall until bedtime.’
    • ‘They are surrounded by landscaped gardens and a leisure centre with a gymnasium, sauna, cafeteria and bar.’
    • ‘After the game, there was to be a dance in our gymnasium since the game was at home field.’
    • ‘They also put forward the idea that school gymnasiums, exercise rooms and pools could be geared specifically to adolescent groups during evening hours.’
    • ‘They have low-fat and low-sodium diets and tend to be over-represented in the gymnasium and aerobic exercise groups.’
    • ‘Once I had gotten out of the locker room and into the gymnasium, I tried to ignore their gazes, but it was too hard.’
    • ‘The four of us, after changing into gym clothes came out of the locker room into the gymnasium.’
    • ‘This facility is equipped with three gymnasiums, the largest seating 5,000 spectators.’
    • ‘Plans for the 21-year-old hotel include putting in a swimming pool and a gymnasium on the top floor.’
  • 2A school in Germany, Scandinavia, or central Europe that prepares pupils for university entrance.

    • ‘In 1948 he graduated from the gymnasium and studied at the University of Lund.’
    • ‘To be accepted at a gymnasium, students must pass written examinations in mathematics and Czech.’
    • ‘During this period, German universities turned out many historians who found their jobs in the gymnasia, universities, and the civil service.’
    • ‘The centre of Paris has largely been spared the violence in suburbs around the capital and other cities, including the torching of thousands of cars and arson attacks on schools, kindergartens, gymnasiums and public buildings.’
    • ‘I could see the heavy red door, the little-used back entrance into the gymnasium.’
    • ‘The students still found themselves inadequately prepared by their gymnasiums for university work, and expressed their dissatisfactions by demonstrations and disorders.’
    • ‘He graduated from the gymnasium in 1910 and, the following September, he entered the University of Budapest.’
    • ‘Born in Kiev, he was a schoolboy in the classical gymnasium in Kiev.’
    • ‘After graduating from the gymnasium, he entered the University of Königsberg.’
    • ‘At that period, gymnasia provided separate religious instruction for Christian boys and Jewish boys.’
    • ‘Up to the age of ten he was taught at home by a governess and then he entered the local gymnasium.’
    • ‘The latest count of overnight arson attacks, still incomplete, could rise further police said, adding that it did not include shops, gymnasiums, nursery schools and other targets attacked by bands of youths.’
    • ‘All my friends hung around near the gymnasium entrance, only they didn't plan to go in it.’
    • ‘Later he enrolled in the Klasicna gymnasium in Ljubljana where he graduated with top marks on December 12, 1915.’
    • ‘All around the gymnasium were groups of students talking, eating, and dancing.’
    • ‘He entered the Warsaw state gymnasium for primary education in 1850.’
    • ‘He studied at the gymnasium in Priluki graduating in 1885.’
    • ‘The gymnasium trains German pupils for university and has a reputation for high academic standards.’
    • ‘There are two military churches, a gymnasium, a nursery, hairdressers, coffee shop and a new bowling alley.’
    • ‘After teaching at a gymnasium in Freiburg, he took up doctoral studies on hyperelliptic functions.’


Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein exercise naked, from gumnos naked.