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


Latin Lycēum, from Greek Lukeion, the school outside Athens where Aristotle taught (335-323 B.C.).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Λύκειον (Lukeion) (the name of a gymnasium, or athletic training facility, near Athens where Aristotle established his school), from Λύκειος ("Lycian" or "wolf-killer"). (Wiktionary)



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