Definitions

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

  • n. Variant of palestra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A public area in ancient Greece and Rome dedicated to the teaching and practice of wrestling and other sports; a wrestling school, a gymnasium.
  • n. An arena for literal or figurative combat; a battlefield.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See palestra.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See palestra.

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

  • n. a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes

Etymologies

From Middle French palestre, and its source, Latin palaestra, from Ancient Greek παλαίστρα ("wrestling school"), from παλαίειν ("to wrestle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We laid out a third trench 3 m east of the second trench in order to further investigate the large central room of the northern series as well as to uncover its southern wall and part of the large central courtyard (tentatively identified as the palaestra of the complex).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Near the Theater Report 7

  • He wants whatever Atticus may think proper for his "palaestra" and "gymnasium."

    Life of Cicero Volume One

  • Gleaming with oil, demurely home from the palaestra or the dance.

    MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

  • It was not only the Olympic Games, but whenever somebody would be in the gymnasium or the palaestra they used to apply olive oil on their body surfaces.

    Olives and People, Past and Present

  • Pro dimidia enim marca ludum experiar, ultra hoc petens, ut si vivus de palaestra evasero, victum a quocumque vestrum recipiam dum vixero: quia, sicut dicitur, “Majorem caritatem nemo habet, quam ut animam suam ponat suis pro amicis.”

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • What shall we do, friend, with all these people; for, advancing step by step, we have imperceptibly got between the combatants, and, unless we can protect our retreat, we shall pay the penalty of our rashness — like the players in the palaestra who are caught upon the line, and are dragged different ways by the two parties.

    Theaetetus

  •     The palaestra lost, the forum, the gymnasium, the course?

    Poems and Fragments

  • Afterwards I challenged him to the palaestra; and he wrestled and closed with me several times when there was no one present; I fancied that I might succeed in this manner.

    The Symposium

  • Here the place of meeting, which is also a palaestra, is quite forgotten, and the boys play a subordinate part.

    Laches, or Courage

  • In the Lysis and Charmides the youths are the central figures, and frequent allusions are made to the place of meeting, which is a palaestra.

    Laches, or Courage

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