Meaning of pantheon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpanθɪən/

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  • 1A group of particularly respected, famous, or important people.

    ‘the pantheon of the all-time greats’
    • ‘It is populated by a pantheon of upper-middle class aesthetes, running the full gamut from self-indulgence to self-pity, gold-digging doctors and junkie beggars.’
    • ‘IN THE pantheon of rock family dynasties, one surely stands head and shoulders above the others.’
    • ‘I have been accumulating bits and pieces of information on Skurt Doyle for many years, always conscious of his importance in the pantheon of local sporting legends of the past.’
    • ‘Let's hope it also restores Sirk's dusty reputation and puts him in the pantheon of all-time great film-makers, where he belongs.’
    • ‘Some members of the academy feel that Coelho's work is best classed as ‘literature light’ and not worthy of a place in the pantheon of the country's intellectual and literary heavyweights.’
    • ‘John Rae may not be a household name in the pantheon of Arctic explorers yet, but if Ken McGoogan has his way, that will change.’
    • ‘It's a really solid album and it puts her in the pantheon of great new country artists.’
    • ‘The pantheon of legendary female rockers and rappers is woefully small.’
    • ‘T-Stew is a rare talent, race fans, and he's quickly driving his way into the pantheon of the all-time greats - the place where Petty, Pearson and Earnhardt all reside.’
    • ‘Abbey at full stretch remains a great writer and he'll stay in the pantheon for all time.’
    • ‘As virgin patroness of the canons at Chich, Osith here joins a pantheon of elite women, both in terms of her companion texts and the manuscript's users.’
    • ‘She is very funny and is almost worthy to join the pantheon of female comediennes of the Cicely Courtneidge and Beatrice Lillie rank.’
    • ‘Superman and Batman and the rest of the superhero pantheon are more popular today than they've ever been.’
    • ‘Both of these are outstanding performers have entered the national pantheon of Australian sporting heroes.’
    • ‘The minimalist Argentinian writer Borges turns out to be the most important figure in Eco's private literary pantheon.’
    • ‘Regardless of where you rank Joe Frazier in the all-time heavyweight pantheon, on March 8th of 1971 he was one of the greatest heavyweights of all-time.’
    • ‘Since then, Chan has become a part of the nationwide pop culture pantheon.’
    • ‘Either path could secure his position at the very top of the all time cycling pantheon.’
    • ‘How wonderful to welcome countertenors into this elite vocal pantheon, and especially Taylor, who is definitely among the very best.’
    1. 1.1A building in which the illustrious dead of a nation are buried or honoured.
      ‘This is a proposal to create an Aosdána-style pantheon to honour major artists - although even here there is confusion over whether this should be an initiative to help up-and-coming artists.’
      • ‘Johnson reckons there should be a special place reserved for Nairn on any new national pantheon built after Scotland regains its proper statehood.’
  • 2All the gods of a people or religion collectively.

    ‘the deities of the Hindu pantheon’
    • ‘This makes Hinduism unique in the sense that it is a monotheistic religion with a pantheon of manifested forms of God.’
    • ‘It is directed to a pantheon of deities, gods and goddesses, each of whom are housed in their own shrine.’
    • ‘Even though there was a risk that some detractors might use this verse as proof that there are a pantheon of gods rather than one, God deemed this principle so important that it's worth the risk.’
    • ‘Heading south to Maui, a different kind of legend reigns: that of the demigod Maui, the only god in the Hawaiian pantheon for whom an island is named.’
    • ‘In the Hindu pantheon, everything is looked upon as a form of God.’
    • ‘Doesn't the Torah describe man as being the very last creature to appear in God's pantheon?’
    • ‘Doing some patron saint research, I stumbled on this page here, which starts as an examination of Eleggua / Exu figures through some of the world's pantheons, but also links over to the other Orisha.’
    • ‘Since I work with many spirits and pantheons shamanically I don't feel that it's possible to commit to the afro-caribbean deities and spirits in the way that they would demand.’
    • ‘The merging of local deities into a larger national deity and the incorporation of foreign deities into a specific pantheon were not limited to Egypt.’
    • ‘The Hermetic tradition, for example, frequently mixes and matches deities from different pantheons, but it does so with a deep understanding of what it's affecting and why.’
    • ‘Mann clearly realized that the Dravidian gods and goddesses in fact subverted the Hindu pantheon and changed the substance of the Aryan religion through their very presence in it.’
    • ‘Playing musical instruments is an integral part of any temple festival as musical instruments are attached to several deities in the Hindu pantheon.’
    • ‘The Thanjavur paintings are intricately decorated with goldleaf and semi precious stones, most feature baby Krishna and other deities of the Hindu pantheon.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the forces of nature which destroy the muck, the wind and water, are the elements of feminine deities in the Yoruba pantheon of Orisha.’
    • ‘In this case, Ur-Nammu refers specifically to Nanna, the patron deity of Ur - as well as the other leading deities of the Sumerian pantheon.’
    • ‘We decided to celebrate the Sabbats by composing rituals to Goddesses of the Celtic pantheon.’
    • ‘The advent of Islam to South Arabia in the seventh century ousted local pantheons and monotheistic cults.’
    • ‘Bottero's concise explanation of henotheism clarifies how a pantheon, with its bewildering myriad of gods, becomes personalised through personal preference for a single deity.’
    • ‘The Tuath De Danaan in fact comprise most of the Celtic pantheon - Lugh, the Celtic version of Lucifer - is revered, and is also a bringer of light.’
    1. 2.1(especially in ancient Greece and Rome) a temple dedicated to all the gods.
      ‘The enormous building, called the Pantheon, was built as a temple to all the Roman gods almost 2,000 years ago.’
      • ‘The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome.’


Late Middle English (referring especially to the Pantheon, a large circular temple in Rome): via Latin from Greek pantheion, from pan ‘all’ + theion ‘holy’ (from theos ‘god’).