Definitions for palaestrapəˈlɛs trə
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pa•laes•tra*pəˈlɛs trə(n.)(pl.)-tras, -trae
(in ancient Greece) a building with a courtyard for training in wrestling and other sports, usu. part of a gymnasium.
Origin of palaestra:
1375–1425; late ME palestre < L palaestra < Gk palaístra = palais-, var. s. of palaíein to wrestle + -tra suffix of place
a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
A public area in ancient Greece and Rome dedicated to the teaching and practice of wrestling and other sports; a wrestling school, a gymnasium.
An arena for literal or figurative combat; a battlefield.
Origin: From palestre, and its source, palaestra, from παλαίστρα, from παλαίειν.
The palaestra was the ancient Greek wrestling school. The events that did not require a lot of space, such as boxing and wrestling, were practised there. The palaestra functioned both independently and as a part of public gymnasia; a palaestra could exist without a gymnasium, but no gymnasium could exist without a palaestra.
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