proaulion

noun
pro·​au·​li·​on | \ prōˈȯlēən, -ēˌän \
plural proaulions\ -​nz \ or proaulia\ -​ēə \

Definition of proaulion

: a portico or colonnade that opens into the narthex of a church or temple

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History and Etymology for proaulion

Late Greek, from Greek, vestibule, from pro pro- entry 1 + aulion cottage, chamber, diminutive of aulē court, hall

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“Proaulion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proaulion. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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