Gym*na"si*um (?) n.; pl. E. Gymnasiums (#), L. Gymnasia (#). [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to exercise (naked), fr. naked.]

1.

A place or building where athletic exercises are performed; a school for gymnastics.

2.

A school for the higher branches of literature and science; a preparatory school for the university; -- used esp. of German schools of this kind.

More like ordinary schools of gymnasia than universities. Hallam.

 

© Webster 1913.

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