What Does the Word “Gymnasium” Mean in Greek and How Did the Word “Stadium” Originate?

The word gymnasium is from the Greek word gymnos, which means “nude.”

gymnasium means nude in greek

Thus, gymnasium literally means “a school for naked exercise.”

The first Olympic event for the nude male athletes, or gymnasts, was a foot race known as a stade.

It was also a Greek unit of measurement for the distance of the race, which was six hundred feet, and that is why the facility was called a stadium.

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