Par·​the·​non ˈpär-thə-ˌnän How to pronounce Parthenon (audio)
: a Doric temple of Athena built on the acropolis at Athens in the fifth century b.c.

Examples of Parthenon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s medals also depict the Parthenon and the Eiffel Tower on the back. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 8 Feb. 2024 Victoria Metzger/Centennial Park Conservancy The Rosetta Stone, the Kohinoor diamond, sculptures from Greece's Parthenon known as the Elgin Marbles are all dazzling objects that bear the history of early civilizations. NPR, 2 June 2024 The correct answer was Nashville, where there's a replica of the Parthenon. Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2024 Guests also have their pick of fabulous dining options, including a rooftop restaurant looking out onto the Parthenon, and Le Bar Secret, a library bar with an expansive cocktail menu. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 May 2024 Osborne, for his part, was eager to resolve the seemingly intractable problem of the museum’s possession of the Parthenon Sculptures. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Genta designed the watch to sit on its side and recreate the profile of the Parthenon in Athens, which is just so Genta. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2024 The Lobby Bar is sumptuous, with a bar top that accommodates a Parthenon’s worth of marble, and banquettes that are cozy and velvety. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 24 Apr. 2024 Athens has long called on the British Museum to permanently return the 2,500-year-old sculptures that British diplomat Lord Elgin removed from the Parthenon temple in 1806. Reuters, NBC News, 24 Apr. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Parthenōn

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Parthenon was in 1776

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“Parthenon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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