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 (tûrn′və-rīn′, to͝orn′-)
n. Sports
A club of gymnasts or tumblers.

[German : turnen, to do gymnastics; see turner2 + Verein, club (from obsolete vereine, back-formation from Middle High German vereinen, to unite : ver-, intensive pref. from Old High German far-; see per in Indo-European roots + einen, to make one, from ein, one, from Old High German; see oi-no- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈtɜrn vəˌraɪn, -fə-, ˈtʊərn-)

an athletic club, esp. of gymnasts.
[1850–55, Amer.; < German: gymnastic club =turn(en) to practice gymnastics (see turner2) + Verein union]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turnverein - a club of tumblers or gymnaststurnverein - a club of tumblers or gymnasts  
gild, guild, social club, society, club, lodge, order - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
turner - a tumbler who is a member of a turnverein
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The Sokol found its base in the German gymnastic movement Turnverein founded by Friedrich Ludwig Jahn in 1811.
At the behest of USMA Superintendent Richard Delafield, Kelton traveled to Europe just prior to the Civil War to learn the European system of Turnverein "gymnastics.
Schulverein, Turnverein, Nordmark, Kulturverein, etc.
In an era that featured the emergence of mass physical education movements, witnessed the inaugural modern Olympic Games, and gave birth to the Boy Scouts, German Turnverein and Czech Sokol--not to mention the strongman cult of body builders such as Bernarr McFadden and Eugen Sandow--a much maligned and denigrated intellectualism was countered by a burgeoning emphasis on the body and physical exercise as a repudiation of passivity and femininity.