from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The chief temple of the goddess Athena built on the acropolis at Athens between 447 and 432 B.C. and considered a supreme example of Doric architecture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An ancient temple to Athena and monument in the city of Athens. It is a symbol of Greek achievement in the arts and of Athenian democracy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A celebrated marble temple of Athena, on the Acropolis at Athens. It was of the pure Doric order, and has had an important influence on art.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Doric temple of Athene, under the appellation of Parthenos, the Virgin, on the Acropolis of Athens; the ceremonial or official temple of the Athenians in their quality as rulers of the empire of their colonies and allies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the main temple of the goddess Athena; built on the acropolis in Athens more than 400 years B.C.; example of Doric architecture


Latin Parthenōn, from Greek, from parthenos, virgin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Παρθενών (Parthenōn). More information: see there. (Wiktionary)



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