One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The chief government building, especially of a democratic country.
2A centre equipped with a wide range of recreational and educational facilities; specifically a former institution comprising a library, theatre, educational classes, etc., which opened in the East End of London in 1887 (now part of Queen Mary College, University of London).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Dana (1819–1897).
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