exedra

noun
ex·​e·​dra | \ ˈek-sə-drə How to pronounce exedra (audio) \
plural exedrae\ ˈek-​sə-​ˌdrē How to pronounce exedrae (audio) , -​ˌdrī \ or exedras

Definition of exedra

1 : a room (as in a temple or house) in ancient Greece and Rome used for conversation and formed by an open or columned recess often semicircular in shape and furnished with seats
2 : a large outdoor nearly semicircular seat with a solid back

First Known Use of exedra

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exedra

Latin, from Greek, from ex- + hedra seat — more at sit

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“Exedra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exedra. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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