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Meaning of athenaeum

ath•e•nae•um

Pronunciation: (ath"u-nē'um, -nā'-), [key]
— n.
  1. an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning.
  2. a library or reading room.
  3. (cap.) a sanctuary of Athena at Athens, built by the Roman emperor Hadrian, and frequented by poets and scholars.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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