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 There was enough space behind the barricades for the more enthusiastic of supporters to run alongside the buses and eventually pack the grass field in front of the peristyle. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2022 An interior garden was surrounded by a peristyle—a rectangular perimeter of covered columns—which was popular in classical Greece. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 But this weekend the network is taking the show on the road, to the peristyle end of the L.A. Coliseum, where the action on the pitch may be little more than a backdrop. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The event will be held outdoors, under the Olympic torch at the peristyle end of the Coliseum. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 The peristyle, or main courtyard, is 130,000 square feet—room for 8,000 people to gather. Myrto Papadopoulos, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2020 With engineering and technology determined, there was still a need to touch that peristyle. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 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,, 28 Apr. 2018 The temperature gauge on the peristyle end of the Coliseum swung well past the 100-degree mark. Zach Helfand,, 2 Sep. 2017 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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