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[pahr-thuh-non, -nuh n] /ˈpɑr θəˌnɒn, -nən/
the temple of Athena Parthenos on the Acropolis at Athens, completed c438 b.c. by Ictinus and Callicrates and decorated by Phidias: regarded as the finest Doric temple. Unabridged
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  • One very frosty night, on coming out of the Parthenon, Nello fell on the slippery pavement and seriously hurt his left hand.

    The Intriguers William Le Queux
  • I did not want to reach the Parthenon in time for the musical display of new frocks.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • The architecture of the Parthenon reproduces the equilibrium of the body in a state of rest.

  • This was neither a Parthenon, nor a temple of the Olympian Jupiter.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Also Parthenon by moonlight not such a safe draw as Coliseum.

British Dictionary definitions for Parthenon


/ˈpɑːθəˌnɒn; -nən/
the temple on the Acropolis in Athens built in the 5th century bc and regarded as the finest example of the Greek Doric order
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Word Origin and History for Parthenon

name of the temple of Athena on the Acropolis in Athens, Greek, literally "temple of the virgin goddess" (Athene), from parthenos "virgin, maiden, girl," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Parthenon in Culture
Parthenon [(pahr-thuh-non)]

The central building on the Acropolis in Athens, now partly in ruins. Built in ancient times as a temple, it served as a model for much of Greek and Roman architecture.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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