from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A room or building equipped for indoor sports.
- n. Sports An academic high school in some central European countries, especially Germany, that prepares students for the university.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large room or building for indoor sports.
- n. A type of secondary school in some European countries which typically prepares students for university.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place or building where athletic exercises are performed; a school for gymnastics.
- n. A school for the higher branches of literature and science; a preparatory school for the university; -- used esp. of German schools of this kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek antiquity, a public place for instruction in and the practice of athletic exercises: a feature of all Greek communities.
- n. Hence In modern use, a place where or a building in which athletic exercises are taught and performed.
- n. A school or seminary for the higher branches of literature and science; a school preparatory to the universities, especially in Germany; a classical as opposed to a technical school.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
- n. a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
Latin, school, from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein, to exercise naked, from gumnos, naked.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin gymnasium, from Ancient Greek γυμνάσιον (gumnasion, "exercise, school"), from γυμνός ("naked"), because Greek athletes trained naked. (Wiktionary)