Definition of Lyceum in English:


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Pronunciation: /lʌɪˈsiːəm
  • 1The garden at Athens in which Aristotle taught philosophy.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Lyceum) Aristotelian philosophy and its followers.
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    • Theophrastus sustained the Aristotelian character of the Lyceum.
    • On Aristotle's death, his friend and pupil Theophrastus assumed his mantle, and under him the Lyceum remained a focus of scientific and philosophical study.
    • Aristotle lived in Athens much of his life, founded a school of philosophy called the Lyceum, and is usually reckoned to be the founder of logic.
  • 1.2 (as noun a lyceum) US archaic A literary institution, lecture hall, or teaching place.
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    • But other forms of education - in the home, at church, through lyceums and public lectures, by apprenticeship, and so on - were also more active in North than South.
    • Simionescu's husband was the head of a lyceum in Onesti specialising in physical education and sport (it was renamed the Nadia Comaneci School in 1994).
    • Virginia City boasted two churches, a theater, and a lyceum.


via Latin from Greek Lukeion, neuter of Lukeios, epithet of Apollo (from whose neighbouring temple the Lyceum was named).

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