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Meaning of ATHENEUM

Pronunciation:  `athu'neeum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a place where reading materials are available
  2. [n]  a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning

ATHENEUM is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: athenaeum, athenaeum
 See Also: club, depository library, gild, guild, library, lodge, order, society



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ath`e*ne"um\, Athenaeum \Ath`e*n[ae]"um\, n.; pl. E.
{Atheneums}, L. {Athen[ae]a}. [L. Athenaeum, Gr. 'Aqhn`aion a
temple of Minerva at Athens, fr. 'Aqhna^, contr. fr.
'Aqhna`a, 'Aqhnai`a, in Homer 'Aqh`nh, 'Aqhnai`n, Athene
(called Minerva by the Romans), the tutelary goddess of
1. (Gr. Antiq.) A temple of Athene, at Athens, in which
   scholars and poets were accustomed to read their works and
   instruct students.

2. A school founded at Rome by Hadrian.

3. A literary or scientific association or club.

4. A building or an apartment where a library, periodicals,
   and newspapers are kept for use.