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lyceum

[lahy-see-uh m] /laɪˈsi əm/
noun
1.
an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc.
2.
a building for such activities.
3.
(initial capital letter) the gymnasium where Aristotle taught, in ancient Athens.
4.
a lycée.
Origin of lyceum
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin Lycēum, Lycīum < Greek Lýkeion place in Athens, so named from the neighboring temple of Apollo; noun use of neuter of lýkeios, epithet of Apollo, variously explained
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lyceum

/laɪˈsɪəm/
noun (now chiefly in the names of buildings)
1.
a public building for concerts, lectures, etc
2.
(US) a cultural organization responsible for presenting concerts, lectures, etc
3.
another word for lycée

Lyceum

/laɪˈsɪəm/
noun the Lyceum
1.
a school and sports ground of ancient Athens: site of Aristotle's discussions with his pupils
2.
the Aristotelian school of philosophy
Word Origin
from Greek Lukeion, named after a temple nearby dedicated to Apollo Lukeios, an epithet of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for lyceum
n.

1580s, Latin form of Greek lykeion, name of a grove or garden with covered walks near Athens where Aristotle taught, from neuter of Lykeios "wolf-slayer," an epithet of Apollo, whose temple was nearby, from lykos "wolf." Hence lycée, name given in France to state-run secondary schools. In England, early 19c., lyceum was the name taken by a number of literary societies; in U.S., after c.1820, it was the name of institutes that sponsored popular lectures in science and literature.

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