plural noun

: the annual or quadrennial festivities of ancient Athens in honor of Athena celebrated in their greater form for several days during the third year of each olympiad and including a great procession in which the people marched to the acropolis bearing an embroidered peplos for their tutelary goddess and also athletic, musical, equestrian, and other contests

Word History


New Latin, from Greek panathēnaia, from pan- + Athēnaia, from Athēna, Athēnē, major Greek deity, goddess of war, fertility, arts, and wisdom

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“Panathenaea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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