Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A room or building equipped for indoor sports.
  • noun An academic high school in some central European countries, especially Germany, that prepares students for the university.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Greek antiquity, a public place for instruction in and the practice of athletic exercises: a feature of all Greek communities.
  • noun Hence In modern use, a place where or a building in which athletic exercises are taught and performed.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A place or building where athletic exercises are performed; a school for gymnastics.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A large room or building for indoor sports.
  • noun A type of secondary school in some European countries which typically prepares students for university.

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

  • noun athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training
  • noun a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12

Etymologies

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

[Latin, school, from Greek gumnasion, from gumnazein, to exercise naked, from gumnos, naked; see nogw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin gymnasium, from Ancient Greek γυμνάσιον (gumnasion, "exercise, school"), from γυμνός ("naked"), because Greek athletes trained naked.

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  • Weirdnet has it right, if you're a German speaker.

    January 9, 2008