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parvis

[pahr-vis] /ˈpɑr vɪs/
noun
1.
a vacant enclosed area in front of a church.
2.
a colonnade or portico in front of a church.
Also called paradise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French pare(v)is < Late Latin paradīsus church courtyard, orig. the one before St. Peter's, Rome. See paradise
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parvis

/ˈpɑːvɪs/
noun
1.
a court or portico in front of a building, esp a church
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Late Latin paradīsusparadise
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