noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of NAVE

:  the hub of a wheel

Origin of NAVE

Middle English, from Old English nafu; akin to Old English nafela navel
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of NAVE

:  the main part of the interior of a church; especially :  the long narrow central hall in a cruciform church that rises higher than the aisles flanking it to form a clerestory

Origin of NAVE

Medieval Latin navis, from Latin, ship; akin to Old English nōwend sailor, Greek naus ship, Sanskrit nau
First Known Use: 1673

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
NAVE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of NAVE for Kids

:  the long central main part of a church


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