Definition of hypostyle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhīpəˌstīl/


(Of a building) having a roof supported by pillars, typically in several rows.
Example sentences
  • Karnak's great hypostyle hall, Revez said, ‘is perhaps the most spectacular courtyard in all of Egypt.’
  • The result is an astonishing interior of a dark hypostyle hall.
  • Her words echoed through the hypostyle hall beyond the inner sanctum.


A building having a roof supported by several rows of pillars.
Example sentences
  • In his hypostyle, Serlio appreciated the figure of the forest as one of the most enduring architectural themes.
  • Iphigenia smiled and watched as the girl kept inching back toward the portal to the outer hypostyle.


Mid 19th century: from Greek hupostulos, from hupo 'under' + stulos 'column'.

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Syllabification: hy·po·style

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