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also 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.]
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(ˌæθɪˈniːəm) or


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]


(ˌæθɪˈniːəm) or


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
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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]
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- 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.
See also related terms for interested.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.athenaeum - a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learningathenaeum - a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
gild, guild, social club, society, club, lodge, order - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
2.athenaeum - a place where reading materials are availableathenaeum - a place where reading materials are available
depository library, library - a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
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References in classic literature ?
The work has been given in the form of lectures both in London and Peking, and one lecture, that on Desire, has been published in the Athenaeum.
"I have seen it in the library of the Athenaeum; and the tears came into my eyes to think that there were no Indians left to read it."
I am due at the Athenaeum. It is the hour when we sleep there."
It received no public notice of any kind whatever until March 3, 1877, when the London Athenaeum mentioned it in a few careful sentences.
There were the Stranger's club-house, the Athenaeum club-house, the Hampton club-house, the St James's club-house, and half a mile of club-houses to play IN; and there were ROUGE-ET-NOIR, French hazard, and other games to play AT.
(79) Athenaeum Minutes, 29 March 1848, M2/1/4,MCLA; a motion to insert the words "at present" was also lost.
Barbara Fiand, the professor who resigned in May after she was barred from teaching in the seminary division of the Athenaeum of Ohio.
Rademaker's magisterial study of 1981, although it does include a brief account of the life of this hard-working academic, who taught at the University of Leiden and the Athenaeum of Amsterdam.
Two members of the group, the brothers August Wilhelm and Friedrich von Schlegel, laid down the theoretical basis for Romanticism in the circle's organ, the Athenaeum.
This story, by Dominic Keane, last night won the PS1,000 top prize in this year's Frank Moran Liverpool Athenaeum competition for young writers.
Leo Robb Memorial Individual Snooker Trophy 1st rd: Tony Chalk (Athenaeum) v John Morrell (Hartlepool Snooker), Mike Russell (Athenaeum) v Ian Whittle (Redcar Cons), Craig Chalk (Athenaeum) v Robin Wilson (Stockton Buffs), Liam Crossling-Kelly (Hartlepool Snooker) v Steve Place (Redcar Cons), Tony Cook (Redcar Cons) v Richard Beckham (Stockton Buffs).