pronaos

noun pro·naos \(ˈ)prō+\

Definition of pronaos

plural

pronaoi

  1. :  the outer part of an ancient Greek temple forming a portico immediately in front of the cella and delimited by the front wall of the cella and the columns or the antae and columns; also :  the narthex of an early church

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Origin and Etymology of pronaos

Latin, from Greek, from pronaos situated in front of a temple, from pro- 1pro- + naos temple — more at naos


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