Definition of abaton in English:

abaton

noun

Ancient Greek History
  • 1A place to which access is restricted, especially a sacred space or enclosure; a sanctuary.

  • 2Specifically. An enclosure or building attached to a temple of Asclepius, in which supplicants wishing to be cured slept.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in The Gentleman's Magazine. From Hellenistic Greek ἄβατον sacred enclosure, use as noun of neuter singular of ancient Greek ἄβατος not to be trodden from ἀ- + βατός accessible, adjective corresponding to βαίνειν to walk, go.

Pronunciation:

abaton

/ˈabət(ə)n/