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[per-uh-stahyl] /ˈpɛr əˌstaɪl/

noun, Architecture.
a colonnade surrounding a building or an open space.
an open space, as a courtyard, surrounded by a colonnade.
a colonnade that surrounds a court or building
an area that is surrounded by a colonnade

1610s, from French péristyle “row of columns surrounding a building” (mid-16c.), from Latin peristylum, from Greek peristylon “colonnade around a temple or court,” noun use of neuter of peristylos “surrounded with a colonnade,” from peri- “around” (see peri-) + stylos “pillar” (see stet).


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