noun (plural xysti /-tʌɪ/)
- 1(In ancient Greece) a long portico used by athletes for exercise.More example sentences
- Xystus was the Greek architectural term for the covered portico of the gymnasium, in which the exercises took place during the winter or in rainy weather.
- 2(In ancient Rome) a garden walk or terrace.More example sentences
- But as in the Greek gymnasium, so in the Roman xystus, the pillared hall is indispensable in front of the garden, which has now become a highly decorated place, and well cared for.
Latin, from Greek xustos 'smooth', from xuein 'to scrape'.