palaestra

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See also: Palaestra and palæstra

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French palestre, from Old French, from 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. [from 15th c.]
    • 1990, Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae:
      Athenian culture flourished in externalities, the open air of the agora and the nudity of the palestra.
  2. An arena for literal or figurative combat; a battlefield. [from 15th c.]

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek παλαίστρα(palaístra, wrestling school).

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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.

Case 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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