athenaeum

noun
ath·​e·​nae·​um | \ ˌa-thə-ˈnē-əm How to pronounce athenaeum (audio) \
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

First Known Use of athenaeum

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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“Athenaeum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/athenaeum. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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