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Variant of palestra.
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(pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-) or


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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(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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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.
A twenty-three-line soliloquy follows in which Attis mourns for all that is familiar and dear to her: house, country, possessions, friends, parents (domo / patria, bonis, amicis, genitoribus, 58-59), the marketplace and sports facilities (foro, palaestra, stadio et gyminasiis, 60), as well as her former state as an athletic and desirable young man (64-67):
Stroke mechanics of swimmers with permanent physical disabilities, Palaestra 24(1): 19-25.
Palaestra [Internet], 2013 [cited 2016 June 12]; 27(3):[42-6 pp.].
De palaestra Neapolitana: Commentarius in inscriptionem athleticam Neapoli anno MDCCLXIV.
The specific interventions that will be executed in these sites will provide the proper restoration of some of the most significant and representative landmarks of Lebanon such as the Bacchus and Jupiter Temples in Blbeck, the Monumental Arch and the Necropolis in Al Bass (Tyre), the Thermae, the Arena and Palaestra in Tyre-Al Mina, ensuring the respect of the authenticity of these cultural masterpieces.
He might have helped to weave the garland of Meleager, or to mix the lapis lazuli of Fra Angelico, or to chase the delicate truth in the shade of an Athenian palaestra, or his hands might have fashioned those ethereal faces that smile in the niches of Chartres.
Caption: OLDEST OF SPORTS--A pair of Greekwrestlers perform (for the cameras) in the Palaestra in the ancient town of Olympia in Greece Sunday.
Sed, ut spero, utemur ea palaestra quam a te didicimus onmibusque satis faciemus [...]".