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1 a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12 [syn: secondary school, lyceum, lycee, middle school]
2 athletic facility equipped for sports or physical training [syn: gym]

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see Gymnasium



Greek gumnasion, place where athletic training or exercise was done.


  1. a large room or building for indoor sports.



gymnasium n (plural gymnasia or gymnasiums)
  1. a type of secondary school (for 12 to 18 year-olds) which prepares students for university or vocational school, and which offers classes in Latin and/or Greek
  2. school of sports which the Greeks had in antiquity

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gymnasium n (plural: gymnasia)
  1. a sports centre

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  1. a upper secondary school: intends to either prepare the student for university or give education in a particular profession


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Gymnasium may refer to:
  • Gymnasium (ancient Greece), an educational and sporting institution in ancient Greece
  • Gymnasium (school), a school of secondary education found in several European countries that prepares students for higher education
  • Gym, a place for physical exercise
gymnasium in German: Gymnasium (Begriffsklärung)
gymnasium in French: Gymnase
gymnasium in Italian: Liceo
gymnasium in Dutch: Gymnasium
gymnasium in Japanese: 中学校
gymnasium in Slovenian: Gimnazija (razločitev)
gymnasium in Swedish: Gymnasium

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