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See also: athenæum


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From Latin Athenaeum, from Ancient Greek Ἀθηναῖον (Athēnaîon), from Ἀθήνη (Athḗnē, Athene).



athenaeum (plural athenaeums)

  1. 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[1]:
      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.
  2. A building for storing books or newspapers; a library, reading room etc.
    • 1921, Christopher Morley, Plum Pudding[2]:
      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.