atheneum

athenaeum

[ath-uh-nee-uhm, -ney-]
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:
1720–30; < Latin < Greek Athḗnaion temple of Athena, where poets read their works

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athenaeum or (US) atheneum (ˌæθɪˈniːəm)
 
n
1.  an institution for the promotion of learning
2.  a building containing a reading room or library, esp one used by such an institution
 
[C18: from Late Latin, from Greek Athēnaion temple of Athene, frequented by poets and teachers]
 
atheneum or (US) atheneum
 
n
 
[C18: from Late Latin, from Greek Athēnaion temple of Athene, frequented by poets and teachers]

Athenaeum or sometimes (US) Atheneum (ˌæθɪˈniːəm)
 
n
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
 
Atheneum or sometimes (US) Atheneum
 
n

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Athenaeum
1727, from L., from Gk. 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. Athene, Gk. goddess of wisdom, skills, warfare, etc., has a pre-Gk.
name of unknown meaning.
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