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A natatorium (plural: natatoriums or natatoria, also called swimming hall) is a building containing a swimming pool.[1]


The word natatorium was borrowed from Late Latin, transitioning around the 1880s. The word was originally constructed from the Latin for "to swim" (natā(re)) and "place" (tōrium).[2]

In Latin, a cella natatoria was a swimming pool in its own building, although it is sometimes also used to refer to any indoor pool even if not housed in a dedicated building (e.g., a pool in a school or a fitness club).[3]

A natatorium will usually also house locker rooms, and perhaps allied activities, such as a diving well or facilities for water polo. Many colleges, universities, and high schools have natatoriums.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ natatorium - definition of natatorium by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Natatorium. Retrieved from
  3. ^ "Official Site of Penn State McCoy Natatorium". Retrieved 2009-10-24.