propylaeum

noun
pro·py·lae·um | \ˌprä-pə-ˈlē-əm, ˌprō-\
plural propylaea\ˌprä-pə-ˈlē-ə, ˌprō- \

Definition of propylaeum 

: a vestibule or entrance of architectural importance before a building or enclosure often used in plural

First Known Use of propylaeum

1637, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propylaeum

Latin, from Greek propylaion, from pro- before + pylē gate — more at pro-

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