from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A circular temple in Rome, completed in 27 B.C. and dedicated to all the gods.
- n. A temple dedicated to all gods.
- n. All the gods of a people considered as a group: Jupiter is head of the Roman pantheon.
- n. A public building commemorating and dedicated to the heroes and heroines of a nation.
- n. A group of persons most highly regarded for contributions to a field or endeavor: the pantheon of modern physics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a temple dedicated to all the gods
- n. all the gods of a particular people or religion, particularly the ancient Greek gods residing on Olympus, considered as a group
- n. a category or classification denoting the most honored persons of a group
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A temple dedicated to all the gods; especially, the building so called at Rome.
- n. The collective gods of a people, or a work treating of them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A temple or shrine dedicated to all the gods.
- n. All the divinities, collectively, worshiped by a people: as, one of the divinities of the Greek pantheon.
- n. [capitalized] A work treating of the whole body of divinities of a people: as, Tooke's “Pantheon.”
- n. [capitalized] A memorial structure in honor of the great men of a people, or filling some such purpose; especially, such a building serving as a mausoleum, as the Pantheon (church of Ste. Geneviève) in Paris. Westminster Abbey is often called the Panthcon of the British.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. all the gods of a religion
- n. (antiquity) a temple to all the gods
- n. a monument commemorating a nation's dead heroes
Middle English Panteon, Pantheon, from Latin Panthēum, Panthēon, from Greek Pantheion, shrine of all the gods, from neuter sing. of pantheios, of all the gods : pan-, pan- + theos, god.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined 1300, from Ancient Greek Πάνθειον (Pantheion, "a temple of all gods"), neuter of πάνθειος (pantheios, "of or common to all gods"), from πᾶν (pān, "all, everything"), neuter of πᾶς (pās, "all, the whole") + θεῖος (theios, "of or for the gods"), from θεός (theos, "god") (Wiktionary)