gymkhana

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hindi गेंदख़ाना (gendxānā) / Urdu گیندخانا(gendxānā, racquet court), from गेंद (gend) / گیند(gend, ball) + ख़ाना (xānā) / خانا(xānā, court). Influenced by gymnastics and gymnasium.

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Noun[edit]

gymkhana (plural gymkhanas)

  1. A competition where riders and horses display a range of skills and aptitudes.
    • 1900, Winston Churchill, chapter 13, in London to Ladysmith via Pretoria:
      In the afternoon the British held athletic sports, an impromptu military tournament, and a gymkhana, all of which caused much merriment and diversion, and the Boers profited by the cessation of the shell fire to shovel away at their trenches.
  2. (dated) A place of public resort for athletic games, etc.
    • 1914, John Law, chapter XVI, in Modern Hyderabad (Deccan), Calcutta: Thacker, Spink & Co:
      These privileged gentlemen have a fine club on the Fateh Maidan, a suburb of Hyderabad city, and they enjoy sports and races at the local gymkhana, in fact, they have a very good time, if one may judge by their appearance.
  3. (dated) A meeting for such sports.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: gimcana
  • Italian: gincana
  • Portuguese: gincana
  • Spanish: gincana

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʒim.ka.na/
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Noun[edit]

gymkhana m (plural gymkhanas)

  1. gymkhana

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