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peristyle

[per-uh-stahyl] /ˈpɛr əˌstaɪl/
noun, Architecture
1.
a colonnade surrounding a building or an open space.
2.
an open space, as a courtyard, surrounded by a colonnade.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin peristȳlum < Greek perístȳlon, noun use of neuter of perístȳlos surrounded with columns, equivalent to peri- peri- + -stȳlos -style2
Related forms
peristylar, adjective
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  • It consists of a chapel to the south, a peristyle, and a map room to the north.
  • The four columns supporting the peristyle are interesting monoliths.
British Dictionary definitions for peristyle

peristyle

/ˈpɛrɪˌstaɪl/
noun
1.
a colonnade that surrounds a court or building
2.
an area that is surrounded by a colonnade
Derived Forms
peristylar, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via French from Latin peristӯlum, from Greek peristulon, from peri- + stulos column
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Word Origin and History for peristyle
n.

1610s, from French péristyle "row of columns surrounding a building" (mid-16c.), from Latin peristylum, from Greek peristylon "colonnade around a temple or court," noun use of neuter of peristylos "surrounded with a colonnade," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + stylos "pillar" (see stet).

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