peristyle

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Etymology[edit]

From French péristyle, from Classical Latin peristȳlum, peristȳlium, from Ancient Greek περιστύλιον (peristúlion), περίστυλον (perístulon), noun use of the neuter form of περίστυλος (perístulos, surrounded by columns), from περί (perí) + στῦλος (stûlos, pillar).

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peristyle (plural peristyles)

  1. colonnade surrounding a courtyard, temple, etc.
    • 1942, Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006), page 143:
      One cannot, for example, see the Temple of Æsculapius as one stands in the fine open courtyard as it was intended one should do; the interstices on that side of the peristyle have been blocked by Venetian Gothic buildings.
  2. A courtyard; the space surrounded by a colonnade.
  3. A porch surrounded by columns.

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