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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "In April 1920, Orlandoans flocked to Chautauqua tent to learn, laugh," 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, "The Revolutionary Thoreau," 4 Sep. 2020 The Chandor Gardens Foundation envisions a lyceum, restaurant, classrooms, and amphitheater for the property. Star-telegram,, "Parker County Commissioners recognize Parker County Historical Commission winning 2016 Distinguished Service Award," 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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“Lyceum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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