Definition of naos in English:

naos

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Pronunciation: /ˈneɪɒs
 
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noun (plural naoi /ˈneɪɔɪ/)

  • 1The inner chamber or sanctuary of a Greek or other ancient temple.
    More 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.

Origin

Greek, literally 'temple'.

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