ath·​e·​nae·​um ˌa-thə-ˈnē-əm How to pronounce athenaeum (audio)
variants or atheneum
: a building or room in which books, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use
: a literary or scientific association

Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of athenaeum was in 1799

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Cite this Entry

“Athenaeum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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