[ lahy-see-uhm ]
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  1. an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc.

  2. a building for such activities.

  1. (initial capital letter) the gymnasium where Aristotle taught, in ancient Athens.

  2. a lycée.

Origin of lyceum

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin Lycēum, Lycīum, from 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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How to use lyceum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lyceum (1 of 2)


/ (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

  1. another word for lycée

British Dictionary definitions for Lyceum (2 of 2)


/ (laɪˈsɪəm) /

nounthe Lyceum
  1. a school and sports ground of ancient Athens: site of Aristotle's discussions with his pupils

  2. the Aristotelian school of philosophy

Origin of Lyceum

from Greek Lukeion, named after a temple nearby dedicated to Apollo Lukeios, an epithet of unknown origin

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