Share this entry
naos Line breaks: naos
Pronunciation: /ˈneɪɒs/

Definition of naos in English:

noun (plural naoi ˈneɪɔɪ)

1The inner chamber or sanctuary of a Greek or other ancient temple.
Example sentences
  • Luke has Zechariah ministering not merely at the hieron, the temple complex, but in the naos, the inner sanctuary of the temple restricted to the priests.
  • The naos, which in Greek temples is the inner area containing the statue of the god, is 21.44 m wide and 48.3 m long which again is in the ratio 4: 9.
  • Trajan, for example, was honoured not only with a statue, but also a small sanctuary (naos) in the city centre.
1.1The main body or nave of a Byzantine church.


Greek, literally 'temple'.

Definition of naos in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources