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pa·laes·tra

 (pə-lĕs′trə)
n.
Variant of palestra.
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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]
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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]
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palaestra, palestra

Ancient Greece. a public place for athletics or wrestling. — palaestric, palestric, adj.
See also: Athletics
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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"
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