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athenaeum (plural athenaeums)
- An association for the advancement of learning, particularly in the fields of science or literature.
1994 June 3, Michael Miner, “Will This Man Save Inland Architect?/A Simple Process”, in Chicago Reader:
- A panel of architects who might loosely be described as the local athenaeum of their profession are awaiting, anxiously, the next edition of the bimonthly journal that bears their names.
- A building for storing books or newspapers; a library, reading room etc.
1921, Christopher Morley, Plum Pudding:
- And this, too, may have been not unconnected with the gracious influence of the other sex as exhibited in a neighbouring athenaeum; and was accompanied by a gruesome spate of florid lyrics: some (happily) secret, and some exposed with needless hardihood in a college magazine.