peri·​style | \ ˈper-ə-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce peristyle (audio) \

Definition of peristyle

1 : a colonnade surrounding a building or court
2 : an open space enclosed by a colonnade

Examples of peristyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The peristyle, or main courtyard, is 130,000 square feet—room for 8,000 people to gather. Myrto Papadopoulos, Smithsonian Magazine, "The King and the Conqueror," 8 June 2020 With engineering and technology determined, there was still a need to touch that peristyle. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How Engineers Modernized the L.A. Memorial Coliseum," 15 Aug. 2019 But there are gaps between the sections that allow for views of the downtown skyline, the distant mountains and, to the west, the peristyle end of the Coliseum with its Olympic cauldron. Kevin Baxter,, "Banc of California Stadium raising the bar for soccer-specific venues," 28 Apr. 2018 The temperature gauge on the peristyle end of the Coliseum swung well past the 100-degree mark. Zach Helfand,, "USC's young receivers slow to catch on," 2 Sep. 2017 The video boards that sat atop the peristyle end have been removed and placed in adjacent sections, part of a refurbishing of the arches. Joey Kaufman, Orange County Register, "USC’s Coliseum renovation plan includes relocating season-ticket holders, pricey donations," 4 May 2017 The classic peristyle archways that give the Coliseum its distinctive look are still topped by an Olympic caldron. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Los Angeles Greets Return of Rams With a Cool Eye JAN. 13, 2016," 11 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of peristyle

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peristyle

French péristyle, from Latin peristylum, from Greek peristylon, from neuter of peristylos surrounded by a colonnade, from peri- + stylos pillar — more at steer

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“Peristyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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