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

  • n. A building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A building or institution dedicated to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, cultural or artistic value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A repository or a collection of natural, scientific, or literary curiosities, or of works of art.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A building or part of a building appropriated as a repository of things that have an immediate relation to literature, art, or science; especially and usually, a collection of objects in natural history, or of antiquities or curiosities.

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

  • n. a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or artistic value

Etymologies

Latin Mūsēum, from Greek Mouseion, shrine of the Muses, from Mouseios, of the Muses, from Mousa, Muse; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mūsēum ("library, study"), from Ancient Greek Μουσεῖον (Mouseîon), shrine of the Muses (Μοῦσα (Moûsa)). (Wiktionary)

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