Definition of exedra in English:


Line breaks: exe¦dra
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksɪdrə
, ɪkˈsiːdrə
, ɛk-/

noun (plural exedrae /-driː/)

  • A room, portico, or arcade with a bench or seats where people may converse, especially in ancient Roman and Greek buildings.
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    • Like its model, this tall octagonal building has two one-storey porticoes with some unusual Corinthian capitals and a two-storey curved exedra.
    • When those same city fathers renovated North Side in the mid-1960s, they decided to dismantle the Anderson monument and destroy the exedra, wiping away the evidence, and the residents did not stop them.


Latin, from Greek ex- 'out of' + hedra 'seat'.

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