noun \ˌkä-lə-ˈnād\

: a row of columns usually holding up a roof

Full Definition of COLONNADE

:  a series of columns set at regular intervals and usually supporting the base of a roof structure
col·on·nad·ed \-ˈnā-dəd\ adjective

Examples of COLONNADE

  1. A colonnade surrounds the courtyard.


French, from Italian colonnato, from colonna column
First Known Use: 1718


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Row of columns generally supporting an entablature, used either as an independent feature (e.g., a covered walkway) or as part of a building (e.g., a portico). The earliest colonnades appear in the temple architecture of ancient Greece. In a basilica, colonnades are used to separate the side aisles from the central space. See also stoa.


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