nar·​thex | \ ˈnär-ˌtheks \

Definition of narthex

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

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When the fire was over, the only remaining parts of the church were the stone walls, a Civil War memorial in the narthex and the bell tower. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Five Places Where You Can Still See Remnants of the Great Chicago Fire," 25 Jan. 2018 There are prayer cards for Father Conway in a narthex rack. Bill Leukhardt,, "Seeking Posthumous Navy Cross Award For Saving, Praying With Sailors At Sea," 5 Sep. 2017 Donations can be left in the parish office during business hours or the narthex before or after weekend Masses. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrowhead-Pewaukee News: Sept. 6, 2017," 25 Aug. 2017

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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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