peri·​style ˈper-ə-ˌstī(-ə)l How to pronounce peristyle (audio)
: a colonnade surrounding a building or court
: an open space enclosed by a colonnade

Examples of peristyle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ¾-mile course snaked around the field, looped uphill through the peristyle arches and returned to the floor with a 150-foot, free-fall jump. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2023 And at halftime, the chants and boos converged in song, in celebration, one of the biggest acts lighting up the peristyle. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2022 At least 10 peristyles have been attacked since 2021, according to Saint-Clou Augustin, a houngan. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 3 June 2023 The parade, which is free and open to the public, starts at 11 a.m. at the Shrine Auditorium on West Jefferson Boulevard and proceeds south on Figueroa Street to Exposition Park Drive at the Coliseum, where a noon rally will take place in front of the historic peristyle. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Drivers will wheel around the infield under the legendary peristyle, the air heavy with memories of gold medals and iconic college football games. Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2022 That’s when the Coliseum went dark and the strobes went off, the Black Eyed Peas booming from the peristyle. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2022 On Saturday, the stadium’s ancient Olympic torch burned atop the peristyle throughout the night but seemed more like a pilot light compared to what was happening onstage. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 25 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peristyle was in 1612

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“Peristyle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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