Definition of pantheon
1 : a temple dedicated to all the gods The emperor Marcus Agrippa had a pantheon built in Rome.
2 : a building serving as the burial place of or containing memorials to the famous dead of a nation Many eminent French citizens have been interred in a pantheon in Paris.
3 : the gods of a people; especially : the officially recognized gods
4 : a group of illustrious or notable persons or things He occupies a place in the pantheon of great American writers.
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Examples of pantheon in a Sentence
the Greek and Roman pantheons
Recent Examples of pantheon from the Web
Now, with this week's release of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright has snatched himself a prime spot in the pantheon of DJ directors, pumping 30 high-octane songs into the 113-minute tank of this action-heist vehicle and flooring it.
The Hockey Hall of Fame can be a very serious enterprise, with the annual late June announcement about which players have joined the eternal pantheon prompting either polite applause or impassioned arguments of injustices committed.
In 2007, as the rest of the market began to rattle, Harbinger’s flagship fund surged 116 percent, a gain that propelled Falcone overnight into a mythologized pantheon of traders who foresaw the financial crisis.
In the pantheon of great Chinese actresses, few names come as revered as Liu.
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) Like Wonder Woman, Supergirl is one of the iconic females in the DC Comics pantheon.
Like Wonder Woman, Supergirl is one of the iconic females in the DC Comics pantheon.
One of the most surprising and successful changes made in this retelling is the absence of the Greek pantheon of gods.
To fell another president, to earn an entry in the pantheon of presidential scandal, to get another -gate, the press would have to hold the shining light.
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Did You Know?
Some of the earliest uses of this word in the English language refer to that most famous Pantheon, the circular domed temple built in Rome more than 19 centuries ago (and still standing). We can easily identify the origins of the temple's name, which the Romans borrowed from the Greek word for a temple honoring all their gods. That Greek word, pantheion, combines pan- ("all") and theos ("god"). Later on, in English, "all the gods" was used to mean just that - a pantheon could be a collective of gods (as "the Egyptian pantheon"). We stop short of worshiping outstanding men and women as actual gods, of course, but nevertheless, in the 19th century we also began using pantheon as a word for any eminent company of the highly venerated.
Origin and Etymology of pantheon
Middle English Panteon, a temple at Rome, from Latin Pantheon, from Greek pantheion temple of all the gods, from neuter of pantheios of all gods, from pan- + theos god
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PANTHEON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pantheon for English Language Learners
: the gods of a particular country or group of people
: a group of people who are famous or important
: a temple that is built to honor all the gods of a particular country or group of people
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