- a vaulted portal opening onto a courtyard: used often in Iranian mosque architecture.
Origin of iwan
From the Persian word īwān
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Examples from the Web for iwan
Next year, too, there came a son and heir; whom they called Iwan, in honor of his Russian Great-grandfather.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. X. (of XXI.)
Iwan, son of prince Anthony Ulric, of Russia, massacred in prison by his keepers.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
As answer I will give the finely just acknowledgment of Iwan Bloch on this very question.
I wish to refer to a point of special importance now, which I find is brought forward, in this connection, by Iwan Bloch.
You ask me what I think of the death of poor Iwan, and of the person who ordered it.The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son
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