- a vacant enclosed area in front of a church.
- a colonnade or portico in front of a church.
Origin of parvis
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French pare(v)is < Late Latin paradīsus church courtyard, orig. the one before St. Peter's, Rome. See paradise
Also called paradise.
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Examples from the Web for parvis
The Parvis was filled with a thick smoke, which the musketry streaked with flame.
Thanks to this thicket of pikes and arquebuses, the Parvis was empty.
Parvis took the journal from her, directing his glasses to the portrait.
Parvis continued to scrutinize her, as if trying to intercept her gaze.
The canons for whom these beautiful homes were constructed had only to cross the parvis to enter the cathedral.The Spell of the Heart of France
- a court or portico in front of a building, esp a church
C14: via Old French from Late Latin paradīsus paradise
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