athenaeum

noun ath·e·nae·um \ ˌa-thə-ˈnē-əm \
variants: or atheneum

Definition of athenaeum

1 : a building or room in which books, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use
2 : a literary or scientific association

Origin and Etymology of athenaeum

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


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