zaguan

noun
za·guan | \zəˈgwän, sə-\
plural -s

Definition of zaguan 

: a passageway leading from the entrance door to the central patio in houses commonly found in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico

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History and Etymology for zaguan

Spanish zaguán vestibule, entry, from Arabic usṭuwān porch, vestibule, probably from Greek stoa portico; akin to Greek stylos pillar

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