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hexastyle Syllabification: hex·a·style
Pronunciation: /ˈheksəˌstīl/

Definition of hexastyle in English:


A six-columned portico.
Example sentences
  • The oldest preserved part of the whole complex is the cloister, with features of the transitional style. The corridor is framed on all four sides by a line of double hexastyles.


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(Of a portico) having six columns.
Example sentences
  • Rather than the simple Greek Ionic order of the two earlier capitols, Nichols used a more elaborate Ionic variation for the colossal freestanding hexastyle portico that dominated the west or main front.
  • The temple proper, measuring 2815 m., consists of a square cella and a hexastyle pronaos formed of Corinthian columns on a high podium; it is surrounded by a precinct wall which encloses an area 40 m. square.
  • In the process of working with these components, it appears that Bernini flirted with the idea of transforming the octastyle front into a hexastyle front.


Early 18th century: from Greek hexastulos, from hex 'six' + stulos 'column'.

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