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.
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How to use athenaeum in a sentence
The strange experiences of his visit in October 1879 are duly recorded in the Atheneum of the following January.Nooks and Corners of Old England | Allan Fea
Just why this remote atheneum was sconce for Mr. Holliday's candle I do not hazard.Mince PieAuthor: Christopher Darlington MorleyRelease Date: October 10, 2004 [eBook #13694] | Christopher Darlington Morley
The trustees finally took the lead in the establishment of a public library into which the collection of the Atheneum was merged.Historic Towns of the Western States | Various
Doubtless this served to swell the crowd when the convention met at night in the Atheneum.Makers and Romance of Alabama History | B. F. Riley
In fact most of our knowledge of the founder of the Atheneum comes more from memories and traditions than from exact data.The Friendly Club and Other Portraits | Francis Parsons
British Dictionary definitions for athenaeum (1 of 2)
an institution for the promotion of learning
a building containing a reading room or library, esp one used by such an institution
British Dictionary definitions for Athenaeum (2 of 2)
(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
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