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pa·laes·tra

 (pə-lĕs′trə)
n.
Variant of palestra.

palaestra

(pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-) or

palestra

n, pl -tras or -trae (-triː)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece or Rome) a public place devoted to the training of athletes
[C16: via Latin from Greek palaistra, from palaiein to wrestle]

pa•laes•tra

(pəˈlɛs trə)

n., pl. -tras, -trae (-trē).
(in ancient Greece) a building with a courtyard for training in wrestling and other sports, usu. part of a gymnasium.
[1375–1425; late Middle English palestre < Latin palaestra < Greek palaístra = palais-, variant s. of palaíein to wrestle + -tra suffix of place]

palaestra, palestra

Ancient Greece. a public place for athletics or wrestling. — palaestric, palestric, adj.
See also: Athletics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palaestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletespalaestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletes
athletic field, playing area, playing field, field - a piece of land prepared for playing a game; "the home crowd cheered when Princeton took the field"
References in classic literature ?
Yes, and the most ridiculous thing of all will be the sight of women naked in the palaestra, exercising with the men, especially when they are no longer young; they certainly will not be a vision of beauty, any more than the enthusiastic old men who in spite of wrinkles and ugliness continue to frequent the gymnasia.
He also mentions porticoes in his discussion of Roman country villas, but describes them as spectantes ad palaestras et ambulationes (6.
280 exercent patrias oleo labente palaestras nudati socii: iuvat evasisse tot urbes Argolicas mediosque fugam tenuisse per hostis.