panthéon français


a national monument in Paris, France, used as a sepulcher for eminent French persons, begun in 1764 by Soufflot as the church of Ste. Geneviève and secularized in 1885.
Also called Panthéon Français [frahn-se] . Unabridged
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pantheon (pænˈθiːən, ˈpænθɪən)
1.  (esp in ancient Greece or Rome) a temple to all the gods
2.  all the gods collectively of a religion
3.  a monument or building commemorating a nation's dead heroes
[C14: via Latin from Greek Pantheion, from pan- + -theios divine, from theos god]

Pantheon (pænˈθiːən, ˈpænθɪən)
a circular temple in Rome dedicated to all the gods, built by Agrippa in 27 bc, rebuilt by Hadrian 120--24 ad, and used since 609 ad as a Christian church

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Pantheon, temple for all the gods, built in Rome c.25 B.C.E. by Agrippa (since 609 C.E. made into the Christian church of Santa Maria Rotonda), from Gk. Pantheion (hieron) "(shrine) of all the gods," from pantheion, neut. of pantheios, from pan- "all" + theios "of or for the gods," from
theos "god" (see Thea). Sense of any group of exalted persons is first found 1596.
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