palaestra

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French palestre, and its source, Latin palaestra, from Ancient Greek παλαίστρα (palaístra, wrestling school), from παλαίειν (palaíein, to wrestle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈliːstɹə/, /pəˈlʌɪstɹə/

Noun[edit]

palaestra (plural palaestras or palaestrae)

  1. (historical) A public area in ancient Greece and Rome dedicated to the teaching and practice of wrestling and other sports; a wrestling school, a gymnasium.
  2. An arena for literal or figurative combat; a battlefield.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek παλαίστρα (palaístra, wrestling school).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

palaestra f (genitive palaestrae); first declension

  1. wrestling school, palaestra; place of exercise; gymnasium
  2. wrestling
  3. (figuratively) rhetorical exercises; school of rhetoric, school
  4. (figuratively) art, skill; dexterity
  5. (figuratively, in the language of comedy) brothel

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative palaestra palaestrae
genitive palaestrae palaestrārum
dative palaestrae palaestrīs
accusative palaestram palaestrās
ablative palaestrā palaestrīs
vocative palaestra palaestrae

Synonyms[edit]

  • (wrestling school): oleum

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • palaestra in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879