American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An institution, such as a literary club or scientific academy, for the promotion of learning.
- n. A place, such as a library, where printed materials are available for reading.
- n. An association for the advancement of learning, particularly in the fields of science or literature.
- n. A building for storing books or newspapers; a library, reading-room etc.
- n. a place where reading materials are available
- n. a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
- From Latin Athenaeum, from Ancient Greek Ἀθηναῖον, from Ἀθήνη ("Athene"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin Athēnaeum, a Roman school, after Greek Athēnaion, the temple of Athena, from Athēna, Athena. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The guerrilla athenaeum, which appeared this spring at the intersection of Leonard and Withers streets in Williamsburg, has clapboard siding and sits on a hand truck chained to a one-way street sign—a clever skirting of city regulation by its founder, 31-year-old artist Colin McMullan .”
“He tried to instill Arts & Letters Daily with the atmosphere of a Victorian reading room or an athenaeum — a place for reading and thinking, free from distractions.”
“I know this athenaeum well, I esteem and have affection for the students who study there: On several occasions every year many of them come to meet me in the Vatican, together with their colleagues from other universities.”
“Everything that has been done in any other athenaeum, I confidently expect to see done here; and when that shall be the case, and when there shall be great cheap schools in connexion with the institution, and when it has bound together for ever all its friends, and brought over to itself all those who look upon it as an objectionable institution, — then, and not till then, I hope the young men of”
“It was a profound reflection, as he did last Sunday before the Angelus prayer, Benedict XVI reiterated the substance of what he had already said: everything took place in an athenaeum, and hence in language that would be employed for a university lecture.”
“In the first years of settlement, the twenty-five founding families had worked together to construct the buildings of the Commons: the self-reliance school, athenaeum, communion lodge, town hall and Littleton's first exchange, where goods and services could be bought or bartered.”
“RICHARDSON: Widener is the big library at Harvard -- that or the Boston athenaeum, which has many of the books that Emerson himself looked at.”
“Besides numerous other places of worship, there are a handsome town hall, athenaeum and museum, art gallery and public library, various assembly rooms, and several recreation grounds.”
“He offered him a whole square next to that where the college, the courthouse, the church, the library, the athenaeum, and all the public buildings were situated ....”
“Thence passing to the athenaeum illustre (high school), he continued for four years his classical studies under the celebrated Professor Jakob van Lennep with the greatest success.”
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