noun, plural pa·les·tras, pa·les·trae [puhles-tree] /pəˈlɛs tri/. Greek Antiquity.

  1. a public place for training or exercise in wrestling or athletics.

noun plural -tras or -trae (-triː)

  1. the usual US spelling of palaestra

n.early 15c., from Old French palestre (12c.), from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra “gymnasium, public place for exercise,” originally “wrestling school,” from palaiein “to wrestle” (of unknown origin) + -tra, suffix denoting place.

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