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gymkhana Syllabification: gym·kha·na
Pronunciation: /jimˈkänə/

Definition of gymkhana in English:


A day event comprising races and other competitions between horse riders or car drivers.
Example sentences
  • Mr Stephens said the money would also be used to provide new outreach services to isolated station people and community events such as local race meetings, gymkhanas and festivals.
  • Used mainly as cavalry horses, the walers also excelled as mounts at polo, race meetings, and gymkhanas.
  • Visitors were supplemented by a busy calendar of social events that tied together a community of settlements in gymkhanas, cricket fixtures and golf tournaments (on a dirt course).


Mid 19th century: from Urdu gendḵānah 'racket court', from Hindi geṁd 'ball' + Persian ḵānah 'house', altered by association with gymnastic.

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