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noun, plural tel·es·te·ri·a [tel-i-steer-ee-uh] /ˌtɛl ɪˈstɪər i ə/.
  1. (in ancient Greece) a building in which religious mysteries were celebrated.
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Origin of telesterion

< Greek telestḗrion place for initiation, equivalent to teles-, stem of teleîn to fulfill, initiate (see tele-2) + -tērion neuter noun suffix denoting place
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Historical Examples of telesterion

  • The Telesterion, or Hall of Initiation, was a large covered building, about 170 ft. square.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 3