- a domed circular temple at Rome, erected a.d. 120–124 by Hadrian, used as a church since a.d.
- (lowercase) a public building containing tombs or memorials of the illustrious dead of a nation.
- (lowercase) the place of the heroes or idols of any group, individual, movement, party, etc., or the heroes or idols themselves: to earn a place in the pantheon of American literature.
- (lowercase) a temple dedicated to all the gods.
- (lowercase) the gods of a particular mythology considered collectively.
Origin of Pantheon
- a national monument in Paris, France, used as a sepulcher for eminent French persons, begun in 1764 by Soufflot as the church of Ste. Geneviève and secularized in 1885.
Examples from the Web for pantheon
William Henry Cosby occupies a permanent place in the American pantheon.I Warned You About Bill Cosby in 2007
November 20, 2014
Biological variation was celebrated in the pantheon of the gods.Intersexuality and God Through the Ages
November 9, 2014
Carrara marble has been quarried as far back as Roman times and was used by emperors for massive monuments like the Rome Pantheon.Mosque-Building Bin Ladens Buy Marble Once Used for Churches
August 4, 2014
The pantheon of Sediuk pranks ranges from sneakily clever to blatantly rude.An Analysis of Vitalii Sediuk’s Pranks (He’s the Guy Who Touched Brad Pitt)
May 29, 2014
Nader has a pantheon of convergers—as he calls those ready to cross an aisle to reach a compromise.Citizen Nader Is Still on the Case
May 14, 2014
One of these was the Pantheon, a temple which was afterward a Christian church.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
The legitimate Gods in his Pantheon are always in the wrong.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
The Pantheon is the finest example of a domed hall which we have left.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
It would be just like the Pantheon, he thought, to pull a lousy trick like that.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
The pantheon of the north, as we have seen, was derived from the south.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- (esp in ancient Greece or Rome) a temple to all the gods
- all the gods collectively of a religion
- a monument or building commemorating a nation's dead heroes
- a circular temple in Rome dedicated to all the gods, built by Agrippa in 27 bc, rebuilt by Hadrian 120–24 ad, and used since 609 ad as a Christian church
Word Origin and History for pantheon
c.1300, from Pantheon, name of a temple for all the gods built in Rome c.25 B.C.E. by Agrippa (since 609 C.E. made into the Christian church of Santa Maria Rotonda), from Greek Pantheion (hieron) "(shrine) of all the gods," from pantheion, neuter of pantheios, from pan- "all" (see pan-) + theios "of or for the gods," from theos "god" (see Thea). Sense of any group of exalted persons is first found 1590s.