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noun ath·e·nae·um \ˌa-thə-ˈnē-əm\

Definition of athenaeum

  1. 1 :  a building or room in which books, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use

  2. 2 :  a literary or scientific association

Variants of athenaeum

or atheneum play \ˌa-thə-ˈnē-əm\

Origin of athenaeum

Latin Athenaeum, a school in ancient Rome for the study of arts, from Greek Athēnaion, a temple of Athena, from Athēnē

First Known Use: 1799

Rhymes with athenaeum

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a division or portion of a pool or whole

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