Definition of exedra in English:

exedra

Syllabification: ex·e·dra
Pronunciation: /ˈeksidrə, ikˈsēdrə
 
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noun (plural exedrae /-drē/)

Architecture
  • 1A room, portico, or arcade with a bench or seats where people may converse, especially in ancient Roman and Greek houses and gymnasia, typically semicircular in plan.
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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.
  • 1.1An outdoor recess containing a seat.

Origin

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

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