Definition of pronaos in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈnāəs/

noun (plural pronaoi /-ˈnāˌoi/)

A vestibule at the front of a classical temple, enclosed by a portico and projecting sidewalls.
Example sentences
  • The temple proper, measuring 2815 m., consists of a square cella and a hexastyle pronaos formed of Corinthian columns on a high podium.
  • The Corinthian pronaos surmounted by a drum in Juvarra's design for the facade was only added in the 19th century.


Via Latin from Greek pronaos 'hall of a temple', from pro 'before' + naos 'temple'.

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Syllabification: pro·na·os

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