- a colonnade surrounding a building or an open space.
- an open space, as a courtyard, surrounded by a colonnade.
Origin of peristyle
Examples from the Web for peristyle
Tablinum, in a Roman house, the room between the atrium and the peristyle.
Fauces, the passage from the atrium to the peristyle in a Roman house.
It had a peristyle of ugly columns at the top of a flight of steps.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A peristyle that has one such higher colonnade is called a Rhodian peristyle.Ten Books on Architecture
He was out in the peristyle now, bowing low before the captain-general.The Lion's Brood
- a colonnade that surrounds a court or building
- an area that is surrounded by a colonnade
Word Origin and History for peristyle
1610s, from French péristyle "row of columns surrounding a building" (mid-16c.), from Latin peristylum, from Greek peristylon "colonnade around a temple or court," noun use of neuter of peristylos "surrounded with a colonnade," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + stylos "pillar" (see stet).