[ prit-n-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌprɪt nˈi əm /


a public building in ancient Greece, containing the symbolic hearth of the community and commonly resembling a private dwelling in plan, used as a community meeting place and as a lodging for guests of the community.

Origin of prytaneum

1590–1600; < Latin prytanēum < Greek prytaneîon, akin to prýtanis prince, ruler, chief Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for prytaneum

/ (ˌprɪtəˈniːəm) /

noun plural -nea (-ˈniːə)

the public hall of a city in ancient Greece

Word Origin for prytaneum

Latin, from Greek prutaneion, from prutanis, prutaneus
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