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Lyceum Line breaks: Ly¦ceum
Pronunciation: /lʌɪˈsiːəm/

Definition of Lyceum in English:

1The garden at Athens in which Aristotle taught philosophy.
1.1 (as noun the Lyceum) Aristotelian philosophy and its followers.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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