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Any of various meets at which contests are held to test the skill of the competitors, as in equestrianship, gymnastics, or sports car racing. The word gymkhana is of Anglo-Indian origin and is derived from the Hindi-Urdu word for 'racket court'. At first it was used as a general term in India to describe a place where sporting events took place, and then it came to mean any arena where specifically skill-based contests are held.

Nowadays in India it more commonly refers to a gymnasium, whereas across the South and East Asian subcontinent it can refer in general to any social and sporting club.

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