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[lahy-see-uh m] /laɪˈsi əm/
an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc.
a building for such activities.
(initial capital letter) the gymnasium where Aristotle taught, in ancient Athens.
a lycée.
Origin of lyceum
1570-80; < Latin Lycēum, Lycīum < Greek Lýkeion place in Athens, so named from the neighboring temple of Apollo; noun use of neuter of lýkeios, epithet of Apollo, variously explained Unabridged
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  • This was the verdict of the public who thronged the lyceum to its utmost capacity, during the months of the past winter.

    Mary Anderson J. M. Farrar
  • Fred Archer sent him originally to the stage door at the lyceum.

  • The first night of "Olivia" at the lyceum was about the only comfortable first night that I have ever had!

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • But still I do not understand why it should always be the lyceum.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • To find the place of the lyceum in the evolution of the debaters, we will eliminate genius.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • "Now you are talking like a heroine of lyceum drama," he said.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • The subscription dance announced at the lyceum formed a great topic of discussion.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for lyceum


noun (now chiefly in the names of buildings)
a public building for concerts, lectures, etc
(US) a cultural organization responsible for presenting concerts, lectures, etc
another word for lycée


noun the Lyceum
a school and sports ground of ancient Athens: site of Aristotle's discussions with his pupils
the Aristotelian school of philosophy
Word Origin
from Greek Lukeion, named after a temple nearby dedicated to Apollo Lukeios, an epithet of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for lyceum

1580s, Latin form of Greek lykeion, name of a grove or garden with covered walks near Athens where Aristotle taught, from neuter of Lykeios "wolf-slayer," an epithet of Apollo, whose temple was nearby, from lykos "wolf." Hence lycée, name given in France to state-run secondary schools. In England, early 19c., lyceum was the name taken by a number of literary societies; in U.S., after c.1820, it was the name of institutes that sponsored popular lectures in science and literature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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