- an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning.
- a library or reading room.
- (initial capital letter) a sanctuary of Athena at Athens, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, and frequented by poets and scholars.
Origin of athenaeum
Examples from the Web for athenaeum
This piece, with the exception of a few lines, has appeared in the Athenaeum.Poems
If you should hear who writes in the "Athenaeum" I wish you would tell me.
I have been compelled to take in the "Athenaeum" for a while.
We went off to the Athenaeum which is well stored with books.A Journey to America in 1834
In the neighborhood of the Athenaeum, the cab paused, and Mike got out.Venus in Boston;
- an institution for the promotion of learning
- a building containing a reading room or library, esp one used by such an institution
sometimes US Atheneum
- (in ancient Greece) a building sacred to the goddess Athena, esp the Athenian temple that served as a gathering place for the learned
- (in imperial Rome) the academy of learning established near the Forum in about 135 ad by Hadrian
Word Origin and History for athenaeum
1727, from Latinized form of Greek Athenaion "(the temple of) Athene," in ancient Athens, in which professors taught and actors or poets rehearsed. Meaning "literary club-room or reading room" is from 1799; "literary or scientific club" is from 1864.