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pa·les·tra

also pa·laes·tra (pə-lĕs′trə)
n. pl. pa·les·trae (-trē) or pa·les·tras also pa·laes·trae or pa·laes·tras
A public place in ancient Greece for training and practice in wrestling and other athletics.

[Middle English palestre, from Old French, from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra, from palaiein, to wrestle.]

pa·les′tral, pa·les′tri·an adj.

palestra

(pəˈlɛstrə; -ˈliː-)
n, pl -tras or -trae (-triː)
(Historical Terms) the usual US spelling of palaestra

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.palestra - a public place in ancient Greece or Rome devoted to the training of wrestlers and other athletespalestra - 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"