Definition of decastyle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛkəstʌɪl/


(Of a temple or portico) having ten columns.
Example sentences
  • Following the regional tradition, the temple was built as a gigantic decastyle dipteral structure, with a cavernous porch extending - almost like an Egyptian hypostyle hall - five columns deep!
  • Chedanne, however, whose results are not yet published, thought that the entablature of the pronaos had originally belonged to a decastyle temple, which he supposed to have been peripteral.
  • One can see in Michelangelo's plan his intention of creating a temple-like mausoleum, complete with a tetrastyle/cum decastyle colonnaded entry raised on a podium.



Early 18th century: from Greek dekastulos 'having ten columns', from deka 'ten' + stulos 'column'.

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