parvis


par·vis

noun \ˈpär-vəs\

Definition of PARVIS

1
:  a court or enclosed space before a building (as a church)
2
:  a single portico or colonnade before a church

Variants of PARVIS

par·vis also par·vise \ˈpär-vəs\

Origin of PARVIS

Middle English parvis, from Anglo-French, modification of Late Latin paradisus enclosed park — more at paradise
First Known Use: 14th century

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