One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a wrestling school or gymnasium.
track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitionsView synonyms
- ‘This piece of masonry, 7.3 m. high, formed part of the palaestra of the public baths, the plan of which is laid out in front of the Museum.’
- ‘Found in the south-east palaestra or exercise court of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1545, it was heavily restored and fitted out as a fountain by the Farnese.’
- ‘The gymnasium included a large palaestra surrounded by columns, and the baths in the east wing were fully equipped during the reign of Trajan when the emperor had the roof repaired.’
- ‘He noted two features special to Eastern baths: the absence of the palaestra (exercise court) and the diminished importance of the frigidarium (cold plunge).’
- ‘Part of the adjacent tepidarium was also revealed, together with a furnace-house, service rooms and part of the palaestra or exercise-yard with the remains of a cockfighting pit.’
Via Latin from Greek palaistra, from palaiein ‘wrestle’.
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