Definition of palaestra in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlestrə/
(also palestra)


(In ancient Greece and Rome) a wrestling school or gymnasium.
Example sentences
  • Part of the adjacent tepidarium was also revealed, together with a furnace-house, service rooms and part of the palaestra or exercise-yard with the remains of a cockfighting pit.
  • This piece of masonry, 7.3 m. high, formed part of the palaestra of the public baths, the plan of which is laid out in front of the Museum.
  • Found in the south-east palaestra or exercise court of the Baths of Caracalla in Rome in 1545, it was heavily restored and fitted out as a fountain by the Farnese.


Via Latin from Greek palaistra, from palaiein 'wrestle'.

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Syllabification: pa·laes·tra

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