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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.
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'.

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