\ ˈstō-ə How to pronounce stoa (audio) \

Definition of stoa

: an ancient Greek portico usually walled at the back with a front colonnade designed to afford a sheltered promenade

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Recent Examples on the Web Its founders met around 300 BC in Athens to talk philosophy under a shady portico called a stoa. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, "Tune Out & Lean In," 23 Feb. 2021 Under the shelter of the colonnaded Greek stoa, ideas as well as goods were exchanged. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, "The Death of Public Beauty," 3 Sep. 2020 City Center Carmel leaders want to issue an additional $3.59 million bond to pay for enhancements at the Carmel City Center including sky bridges and a Veterans Bridge stoa, or covered walkway. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel seeks $57 million bonds for garages, mixed-use developments and other projects," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stoa

1603, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stoa

Greek; akin to Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

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“Stoa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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