noun nar·thex \ˈnär-ˌtheks\

Definition of narthex

  1. 1 :  the portico of an ancient church

  2. 2 :  a vestibule leading to the nave of a church

Origin and Etymology of narthex

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

First Known Use: circa 1673

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