lyceum

[ lahy-see-uh m ]
/ laɪˈsi əm /

noun

an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc.
a building for such activities.
(initial capital letter) the gymnasium where Aristotle taught, in ancient Athens.
a lycée.

Nearby words

  1. lycanthrope,
  2. lycanthropic,
  3. lycanthropy,
  4. lycaon,
  5. lycaonia,
  6. lych,
  7. lychee,
  8. lychnis,
  9. lychnoscope,
  10. lychnoscopic

Origin of lyceum

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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British Dictionary definitions for lyceum

lyceum

/ (laɪˈsɪəm) /

noun (now chiefly in the names of buildings)

a public building for concerts, lectures, etc
US a cultural organization responsible for presenting concerts, lectures, etc
another word for lycée

Lyceum

/ (laɪˈsɪəm) /

noun the Lyceum

a school and sports ground of ancient Athens: site of Aristotle's discussions with his pupils
the Aristotelian school of philosophy

Word Origin for Lyceum

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

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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