Atheneum Ath`e*ne"um, Athenaeum Ath`e*n[ae]"um, n.; pl. E. {Atheneums}, L. {Athen[ae]a}. [L. Athenaeum, Gr. 'Aqhn`aion a temple of Minerva at Athens, fr. 'Aqhna^, contr. fr. 'Aqhna`a, 'Aqhnai`a, in Homer 'Aqh`nh, 'Aqhnai`n, Athene (called Minerva by the Romans), the tutelary goddess of Athens.] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) A temple of Athene, at Athens, in which scholars and poets were accustomed to read their works and instruct students. [1913 Webster]

2. A school founded at Rome by Hadrian. [1913 Webster]

3. A literary or scientific association or club. [1913 Webster]

4. A building or an apartment where a library, periodicals, and newspapers are kept for use. [1913 Webster]

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