From French péristyle, from Classical Latin peristȳlum, peristȳlium, from Ancient Greek περιστύλιον (peristūlion), περίστυλον (peristulon), noun use of the neuter form of περίστυλος (peristulos, “surrounded by columns”), from περί (peri) + στῦλος (stūlos, “pillar”).
peristyle (plural peristyles)
- colonnade surrounding a courtyard, temple, etc.
- 1942: 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 — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 143)
- A courtyard; the space surrounded by a colonnade.
- A porch surrounded by columns.
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