hemicycle

noun
hemi·​cy·​cle | \ ˈhe-mi-ˌsī-kəl How to pronounce hemicycle (audio) \

Definition of hemicycle

: a curved or semicircular structure or arrangement

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The most influential hemicycle is the French National Assembly, which began sitting in the Palais Bourbon in 1798. The Economist, "Parliaments get facelifts; but it is politics that really needs one," 27 July 2019 American and most European politicians sit in a fan shape, known as a hemicycle. The Economist, "Parliaments get facelifts; but it is politics that really needs one," 27 July 2019 The chapel — part of the hemicycle entrance to the cemetery, where two other chapels are up for auction — was in good shape after a recent restoration paid for by the city. New York Times, "A Chance to Spend 99-Plus Years in Venice (in the Afterlife)," 21 May 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright's Running Water Home Built in 1955 in New Canaan, Conn., this house has a hemicycle or horseshoe shape. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Man buns and cornrows: Ken doll is getting a makeover," 20 June 2017 Frank Lloyd Wright's Running Water Home Built in 1955 in New Canaan, Conn., this house has a hemicycle or horseshoe shape. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "Man buns and cornrows: Ken doll is getting a makeover," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of hemicycle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hemicycle

Latin hemicyclium, from Greek hēmikyklion, from hēmi- + kyklos circle — more at cycle

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