Athenaeum

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin Athenaeum, from Ancient Greek Ᾰ̓θήναιον (Athḗnaion), from Ἀθήνη (Athḗnē, Athene).

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Athenaeum (plural Athenaeums or Athenaea)

  1. A temple primarily dedicated to Athena or her Roman equivalent Minerva, especially that of Athens.
    • 1728, Ephraim Chambers, Cyclopaedia, s.v. "Athenaeum":
      The Athenaea were built in form of Amphitheatres.
  2. Alternative form of athenaeum: a literary or scientific club, especially that of Boston.
  3. Alternative form of athenaeum: the reading room or library of such clubs, especially the London Athenaeum Club.
  4. Alternative form of athenaeum: a literary or scientific periodical, especially the London Athenaeum.

References[edit]

  • "Athenaeum, n.", in the Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford: Oxford University Press.