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[myoo-zee-uh m] /myuˈzi əm/
a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.
Origin of museum
1605-15; < Latin mūsēum place sacred to the Muses, building devoted to learning or the arts (referring especially to the scholarly institute founded in Alexandria about 280 b.c.) < Greek Mouseîon, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -eion suffix of place
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intermuseum, adjective Unabridged
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  • And the man you have arrested, do you think he is connected with the men who were fighting in the museum?

  • There also was the museum or university, in which many learned men were at work.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • And the man in the glass case looked at us as if we were the museum instead of him.

  • It is becoming a perfect nightmare to me ever since it has been hung in the Luxembourg museum.'

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • He showed me the museum collection, and I was so interested I took mine back home and started to hunt them.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for museum


a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek Mouseion home of the Muses, from MousaMuse
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Word Origin and History for museum

1610s, "the university building in Alexandria," from Latin museum "library, study," from Greek mouseion "place of study, library or museum, school of art or poetry," originally "a seat or shrine of the Muses," from Mousa "Muse" (see muse (n.)). Earliest use in reference to English institutions was of libraries (e.g. the British Museum); sense of "building to display objects" first recorded 1680s.

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