narthex

noun
nar·​thex | \ ˈnär-ˌtheks How to pronounce narthex (audio) \

Definition of narthex

1 : the portico of an ancient church
2 : a vestibule leading to the nave of a church

Examples of narthex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 The piazza outside floods at 80 centimeters (around 30 inches), and water passes the narthex into the church at 88 centimeters (34.5 inches), which has been reinforced up from a previous 65 centimeters (25.5 inches). Colleen Barry, ajc, 20 Oct. 2021 The piazza outside floods at 80 centimeters (around 30 inches), and water passes the narthex into the church at 88 centimeters (34.5 inches), which has been reinforced up from a previous 65 centimeters (25.5 inches). Colleen Barry, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Oct. 2021 There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 There is a narthex, or entrance hall, brightly lit and full of movement in and out. Diarmaid Macculloch, The New York Review of Books, 2 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of narthex

circa 1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for narthex

Late Greek narthēx, from Greek, giant fennel, cane, casket

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“Narthex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/narthex. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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