Definition of hypostyle in English:


Syllabification: hy·po·style
Pronunciation: /ˈhīpəˌstīl


  • (Of a building) having a roof supported by pillars, typically in several rows.
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    • Karnak's great hypostyle hall, Revez said, ‘is perhaps the most spectacular courtyard in all of Egypt.’
    • The result is an astonishing interior of a dark hypostyle hall.
    • Her words echoed through the hypostyle hall beyond the inner sanctum.


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  • A building having a roof supported by several rows of pillars.
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    • In his hypostyle, Serlio appreciated the figure of the forest as one of the most enduring architectural themes.
    • Iphigenia smiled and watched as the girl kept inching back toward the portal to the outer hypostyle.


mid 19th century: from Greek hupostulos, from hupo 'under' + stulos 'column'.

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