Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An indoor swimming pool.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A swimming pool, especially an indoor one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A swimming bath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A swimming-school; a place for swimming.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pool that provides a facility for swimming

Etymologies

Late Latin natātōrium, place for swimming, from neuter of Latin natātōrius, of swimming, from natātus, act of swimming, from past participle of natāre, frequentative of nāre, to swim; see natatorial.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin natatorium, noun use of the neuter singular of Latin natatorius ‘natatory, for swimming’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Third, the municipal indoor pool, called a natatorium, had been closed during my junior high and high school years.

    The Albert Lea Tribune

  • The natatorium is a big part of Waikiki's great history, and putting it to such a worthwhile use would be a fine way of respecting those fallen soldiers whom it is meant to honor, providing a superb historic document and promoting Hawaiian music and dance, and Hawaii itself, all in one beautiful package.

    Starbulletin Headlines

  • Ira Montgomery An amenity-filled home on Dallas's Turtle Creek In Dallas, Braden Power, a developer of apartment complexes, spent more than seven years designing and building his dream house: an 8,500-square-foot showpiece with contemporary, traditional and Moorish influences that opens to a central "natatorium," a double-height entrance courtyard with marble floors, two fireplaces, a mezzanine balcony and a central fountain and reflecting pool deep enough to swim in.

    The Stampede of White Elephants

  • In addition to the sports stadiums, there will be training facilities for Iraqi athletes - including a full natatorium, a velodrome, and three smaller arenas for gymnastics, fencing and other indoor sports.

    Multi-Millon-Dollar Iraqi Sports Complex on Target for 2013 Opening

  • Realestalker notes that the Weintraubs seem to have built "their own version of Hearst Castle on the bluffs of the Bu," complete with a pool house similar in opulence to the Hearst Castle's natatorium: "a palatial Greek Revival style natatorium/pool house with marble pilasters, walls encrusted with more than 500,000 seashells, six glittery crystal chandeliers, and a glass ceiling."

    La Villa Contenta In Malibu: 'Funny People' House On The Market

  • When the couple asked the gym for the discounted family rate, they were told that the natatorium did not recognize their family because they were a gay couple.

    Joe Mirabella: Thousands Demand Ohio Gym Stop Discriminating Against Gay and Lesbian Families

  • If you aren't yet sold, the renter also gets a "natatorium that has a pool, glass ceilings and walls lined with more than 500,000 seashells."

    PHOTOS: 'Funny People' House For Rent; For A Not So Funny Price

  • There's also a guest house, carriage house, a boat house and a natatorium.

    Austin Expansion

  • The natatorium includes an Italian glass-tile pool and a kitchen.

    Austin Expansion

  • Their voices mixed with the echoes of the crowd in the natatorium.

    Forget You

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  • Fancy word for swimming pool. The definition says, "particularly indoors".

    I hate words which unnecessarily Latin.

    July 9, 2007