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[ek-si-druh, ek-see-] /ˈɛk sɪ drə, ɛkˈsi-/
noun, plural exedrae
[ek-si-dree, ek-see-dree] /ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a room or covered area open on one side, used as a meeting place.
a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.
Also, exhedra.
Origin of exedra
1700-10; < Latin: hall furnished with seats < Greek exédra (covered) walk with seats, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)édra seat, bench
Related forms
exedral, adjective Unabridged
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  • F, F, exedra in which there were seats for the philosophers to hold their conversations.

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  • There was also a little fountain in the exedra at the rear of the peristyle.

  • Lounging on an exedra was a young woman in a woolen chiton, barefoot and trifling with the Greek ampyx that bound her golden hair.

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  • The idler in the exedra, meanwhile, was awaiting the speech of her visitor.

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  • The cicerone led them through the exedra or summer parlor, which opened to the sea, to receive its cooling breezes.

  • In shelter behind the exedra she halted, fended from him by the marble seat.

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  • In the middle of the south side a large room was left, with the front open toward the area, an exedra .

  • Amaryllis sat in her ivory chair; opposite her in the exedra was Philadelphus.

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  • He led her to the exedra, unslung his wallet and laid it on the lectern before them.

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  • Laodice flung her hands over her face and shrank in an agony of shame down upon the exedra.

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British Dictionary definitions for exedra


/ˈɛksɪdrə; ɛkˈsiː-/
a building, room, portico, or apse containing a continuous bench, used in ancient Greece and Rome for holding discussions
an outdoor bench in a recess
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek, from hedra seat
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