from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hall in which public lectures, concerts, and similar programs are presented.
- n. An organization sponsoring public programs and entertainment.
- n. A lycée.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A public hall designed for lectures or concerts.
- n. A school at a stage between elementary school and college.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of exercise with covered walks, in the suburbs of Athens, where Aristotle taught philosophy.
- n. A house or apartment appropriated to instruction by lectures or disquisitions.
- n. A higher school, in Europe, which prepares youths for the university.
- n. An association for debate and literary improvement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] An ancient public gymnasium with covered walks outside of Athens, near the river Ilissus, where Aristotle taught philosophy; hence, the Peripatetic school of philosophy. See Aristotelian.
- n. A school for higher education preparatory to a university course. Compare college, 2 .
- n. A house or an apartment appropriated to instruction by lectures or disquisitions.
- n. An association for literary improvement.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a public hall for lectures and concerts
- n. a school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12
The term "lyceum" - then and now - refers to a concept traced back to ancient Greece and gatherings in an Athens garden with Aristotle to debate issues of the day.
The president of the lyceum was a sensible young man who, after graduating at Ann Arbor, decided, instead of starving at the law, to work with his hands and brains at the same time.
To signify the difference between her school and others, she dropped the word "lyceum" as Spiritualist schools were generally known and named hers the "First Spiritual Progressive School."
Shortly after this, Wilson was squeezed out of the Spiritualist lyceum movement.
Wilson had long played a significant role in the Spiritualist lyceum system, beginning in 1873.
Rather, she constantly moved from lyceum to lyceum, suggesting a desire to take a more liberal and daring, less regimented approach to Spiritualist education.
Each switch of lyceum seemed to take Wilson on a search for a more progressive approach.
In 1879 she played a part in the establishment of a lyceum set up to rival her nemesis, Progressive Lyceum No. 1, which was mischievously named Children's Progressive Lyceum No.
When this lyceum moved into the center of Boston from Charlestown later in 1879 and took up residence in Amory Hall, only just vacated by Progressive Lyceum No. 1, tensions must have run high.
But these words, a last effort at bridge building between the "mother lyceum" and Wilson's school, would fall on deaf ears.