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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 of parvis
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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  • Fraus sibi in parvis fidem prstruit, ut majore emolumento fallat.

  • parvis took the journal from her, directing his glasses to the portrait.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • She nodded at parvis with the look of triumph of a child who has successfully worked out a difficult puzzle.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • "I thought if you felt disposed to put your name down—" she heard parvis continue.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • The parvis was filled with a thick smoke, which the musketry streaked with flame.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • parvis, at Mary's first startled cry, had thrown her a sobering glance through his impartial glasses.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • Thanks to this thicket of pikes and arquebuses, the parvis was empty.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • parvis emitted the statement as unemotionally as a gramophone grinding out its "record."

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
  • This is a trap; and had I fallen into it, and gone to the parvis to-morrow evening, I had never kept another assignation, my lad.'

    A Gentleman of France Stanley Weyman
  • parvis's voice seemed to come to her from far off, down endless, fog-muffled windings.

    Tales Of Men And Ghosts Edith Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for parvis

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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