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athenaeum

[ath-uh-nee-uh m, -ney-] /ˌæθ əˈni əm, -ˈneɪ-/
noun
1.
an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning.
2.
a library or reading room.
3.
(initial capital letter) a sanctuary of Athena at Athens, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, and frequented by poets and scholars.
Also, atheneum.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin < Greek Athḗnaion temple of Athena, where poets read their works
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British Dictionary definitions for atheneum

athenaeum

/ˌæθɪˈniːəm/
noun
1.
an institution for the promotion of learning
2.
a building containing a reading room or library, esp one used by such an institution
Word Origin
C18: from Late Latin, from Greek Athēnaion temple of Athene, frequented by poets and teachers

Athenaeum

/ˌæθɪˈniːəm/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) a building sacred to the goddess Athena, esp the Athenian temple that served as a gathering place for the learned
2.
(in imperial Rome) the academy of learning established near the Forum in about 135 ad by Hadrian
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Word Origin and History for atheneum

Athenaeum

n.

1727, from Latinized form of Greek Athenaion "(the temple of) Athene," in ancient Athens, in which professors taught and actors or poets rehearsed. Meaning "literary club-room or reading room" is from 1799; "literary or scientific club" is from 1864.

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