ly·​ce·​um | \ lī-ˈsē-əm How to pronounce lyceum (audio) , ˈlī-sē- How to pronounce lyceum (audio) \

Definition of lyceum

1 : a hall for public lectures or discussions
2 : an association providing public lectures, concerts, and entertainments
3 : lycée

Examples of lyceum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of the children in the lyceum participated in the exercise without protest. Mira Ptacin, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Its roots go back further, though, to the lyceum movement that started in Massachusetts in the 1820s and offered attendees the prospect of self-improvement through lectures on literary, scientific and moral topics. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 18 Apr. 2021 Thoreau delivered his famous essay Resistance to Civil Government as a lyceum lecture in January of 1848. R.h. Lossin, The New York Review of Books, 4 Sep. 2020 The Chandor Gardens Foundation envisions a lyceum, restaurant, classrooms, and amphitheater for the property. Star-telegram,, 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of lyceum

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lyceum

Latin Lyceum, gymnasium near Athens where Aristotle taught, from Greek Lykeion, from neuter of lykeios, epithet of Apollo

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