mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio) \

Definition of museum

: an institution devoted to the procurement, care, study, and display of objects of lasting interest or value American Museum of Natural History also : a place where objects are exhibited an art museum

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Examples of museum in a Sentence

a museum of natural history a trip to the Museum of Natural History
Recent Examples on the Web Think of Antarctica as a Broadway show and the Arctic as a modern-art museum, per Palmer. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 18 Sep. 2021 That is set to change with the inauguration of a brand-new, high-rise museum on Oct. 22. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2021 The event was orchestrated by the museum, which has thrown Brooks a birthday celebration for the past eight years. Sydney Page, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2021 But his first trip up the museum’s famous staircase – with fellow Met debutante Jordan Alexander – was a volte-face from his usual explosive old-school salon sensibility. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 The gala itself serves as a fundraiser for the museum, which opens the first instalment of its two-part exhibition in the following week. Pema Bakshi,, 13 Sep. 2021 In Francis’ public remarks — in the Heroes’ Square adjacent to the museum, which was spilling over with tens of thousands of people, including Orban in a front-row seat — the pope seemed to touch on those issues, if in biblical and religious terms., 12 Sep. 2021 The apartment is part museum, part time capsule, part home, part communion. New York Times, 10 Sep. 2021 Construction is also set to begin on the 19-acre Obama Presidential Center, with a museum, a branch of the public library, and gardens. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of museum

circa 1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for museum

Latin Museum place for learned occupation, from Greek Mouseion, from neuter of Mouseios of the Muses, from Mousa

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The first known use of museum was circa 1660

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21 Sep 2021

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“Museum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of museum

: a building in which interesting and valuable things (such as paintings and sculptures or scientific or historical objects) are collected and shown to the public


mu·​se·​um | \ myu̇-ˈzē-əm How to pronounce museum (audio) \

Kids Definition of museum

: a building in which objects of interest or value are displayed an art museum a museum of science

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