museum

[ myoo-zee-uh m ]
/ myuˈzi əm /

noun

a building or place where works of art, scientific specimens, or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed.

Nearby words

  1. museological,
  2. museology,
  3. muses,
  4. musette,
  5. musette bag,
  6. museum beetle,
  7. museum piece,
  8. museumgoer,
  9. museveni,
  10. museveni, yoweri

Origin of museum

1605–15; < Latin mūsēum place sacred to the Muses, building devoted to learning or the arts (referring especially to the scholarly institute founded in Alexandria about 280 b.c.) < Greek Mouseîon, equivalent to Moûs(a) Muse + -eion suffix of place

Related formsin·ter·mu·se·um, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for museum

museum

/ (mjuːˈzɪəm) /

noun

a place or building where objects of historical, artistic, or scientific interest are exhibited, preserved, or studied

Word Origin for museum

C17: via Latin from Greek Mouseion home of the Muses, from Mousa Muse

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Word Origin and History for museum

museum

n.

1610s, "the university building in Alexandria," from Latin museum "library, study," from Greek mouseion "place of study, library or museum, school of art or poetry," originally "a seat or shrine of the Muses," from Mousa "Muse" (see muse (n.)). Earliest use in reference to English institutions was of libraries (e.g. the British Museum); sense of "building to display objects" first recorded 1680s.

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