(, , ) is a typical Anglo-Indian
expression, which is derived from the Hindi-Urdu
word for "racket court," is an Indian
term which originally referred to a place where sporting events take place. The meaning then altered to denote a place where skill-based contests were held.
In India, the term gymkhana is commonly used to refer to a gymnasium. More generally, gymkhana referred (and still refers) to a social and sporting club in the Indian subcontinent
, and in other Asian countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Singapore, as well as in East Africa.
In English-speaking countries, a gymkhana
refers to a multi-game equestrian event performed to display the training and talents of horses and their riders. The plot of the children's story "The Mystery of the Invisible Thief
" by Enid Blyton
begins at a gymkhana held at an English village, testifying to its being a common institution in English society at the time of writing (the 1940s).
The term is also used as the name of a timed automotive obstacle course, see Gymkhana
The first element of gymkhana
comes from gend
. This element is distinct from English word gym
, short for gymnasium
which has Greek and Latin roots. The second element, khānā
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