Definition of pantheon in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpanTHēˌän//ˈpanTHēən/


  • 1All the gods of a people or religion collectively.

    ‘the deities of the Hindu and Shinto pantheons’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This makes Hinduism unique in the sense that it is a monotheistic religion with a pantheon of manifested forms of God.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We decided to celebrate the Sabbats by composing rituals to Goddesses of the Celtic pantheon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doesn't the Torah describe man as being the very last creature to appear in God's pantheon?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘PLAYING MUSICAL instruments is an integral part of any temple festival as musical instruments are attached to several deities in the Hindu pantheon.’
    • ‘In the Hindu pantheon, everything is looked upon as a form of God.’
    • ‘The Thanjavur paintings are intricately decorated with goldleaf and semi precious stones, most feature baby Krishna and other deities of the Hindu pantheon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here in America, there is a growing acceptance of Islam and other non-western religions into the holy 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The advent of Islam to South Arabia in the seventh century ousted local pantheons and monotheistic cults.’
    1. 1.1 (especially in ancient Greece and Rome) a temple dedicated to all the gods.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The enormous building, called the Pantheon, was built as a temple to all the Roman gods almost 2,000 years ago.’
    2. 1.2 A building in which the illustrious dead of a nation are buried or honored.
      • ‘Johnson reckons there should be a special place reserved for Nairn on any new national pantheon built after Scotland regains its proper statehood.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 A group of particularly respected, famous, or important people.
      ‘the pantheon of the all-time greats’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Either path could secure his position at the very top of the all time cycling 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Superman and Batman and the rest of the superhero pantheon are more popular today than they've ever been.’
      • ‘The pantheon of legendary female rockers and rappers is woefully small.’
      • ‘She is very funny and is almost worthy to join the pantheon of female comediennes of the Cicely Courtneidge and Beatrice Lillie rank.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a really solid album and it puts her in the pantheon of great new country artists.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since then, Chan has become a part of the nationwide pop culture pantheon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both of these are outstanding performers have entered the national pantheon of Australian sporting heroes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The minimalist Argentinian writer Borges turns out to be the most important figure in Eco's private literary pantheon.’
      • ‘How wonderful to welcome countertenors into this elite vocal pantheon, and especially Taylor, who is definitely among the very best.’
      • ‘IN THE pantheon of rock family dynasties, one surely stands head and shoulders above the others.’


Late Middle English (referring especially to the circular temple built by Hadrian, Severus, and Caracalla in Rome): via Latin from Greek pantheion, from pan all + theion holy (from theos god).