Definition of YMCA noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌwaɪ em siː ˈeɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌwaɪ em siː ˈeɪ//
(also North American English, informal the Y)
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Young Men’s Christian Association (an organization that exists in many countries and provides accommodation and social and sports activities) We stayed at the YMCA. Culture The YMCA was established in Britain in 1844 and now operates in many countries around the world. It is known especially for its hostels (= places offering cheap food and accommodation).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: YMCA