pan·the·on (pănthē-ŏn′, -ən)
1. Pantheon A circular temple in Rome, completed around AD 125 and dedicated to all the gods.
2. A temple dedicated to all gods.
3. All the gods of a people considered as a group: Jupiter is head of the Roman pantheon.
4. A public building commemorating and dedicated to the heroes of a nation.
5. A group of persons most highly regarded for contributions to a field or endeavor: the pantheon of modern physics.
[Middle English Panteon, Pantheon, from Latin Panthēum, Panthēon, from Greek Pantheion, shrine of all the gods, from neuter sing. of pantheios, of all the gods : pan-, pan- + theos, god; see dhēs- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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