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ath·e·nae·umalso ath·e·ne·um (ăth′ə-nē′əm)
1. An institution, such as a literary club or scientific academy, for the promotion of learning.
2. A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.
[Late Latin Athēnaeum, a Roman school, after Greek Athēnaion, the temple of Athena, from Athēna, Athena.]
1. (Education) an institution for the promotion of learning
2. (Education) 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]
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a building sacred to the goddess Athena, esp the Athenian temple that served as a gathering place for the learned
2. (Historical Terms) (in imperial Rome) the academy of learning established near the Forum in about 135 ad by Hadrian
3. (Named Buildings) (in imperial Rome) the academy of learning established near the Forum in about 135 ad by Hadrian
or ath•e•ne•um(ˌæθ əˈni əm, -ˈneɪ-)
1. an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning.
2. a free library or reading room maintained by such an institution.
[1720–30; < Latin < Greek Athḗnaion temple of Athena, where poets read their works]
athenaeum- Can refer to "an association of persons interested in scientific and literary pursuits, meeting for the purpose of mutual improvement," or a reading room or library.
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|Noun||1.||athenaeum - a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning|
|2.||athenaeum - a place where reading materials are available|