- Greek Architecture. a portico, usually a detached portico of considerable length, that is used as a promenade or meeting place.
Origin of stoa
First recorded in 1595–1605, stoa is from the Greek word stoá
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Examples from the Web for stoa
The Poecile was a portico; portico in Greek is stoa, hence the name of Stoic.Initiation into Philosophy
"Had there been no Chrysippus, there had been no Stoa," iii, 42.De Officiis
Marcus Tullius Cicero
None but they mingled in the assemblages of great men at the Pnyx or the Stoa.The History of Prostitution
William W. Sanger
In the language of the Stoa, "Nature" was a word of many meanings.
He is not to be found in the Stoa or the Grove, with official aspect, expounding a system of doctrine.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
- a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece
C17: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for stoa
"portico," c.1600, from Greek stoa "colonnade, corridor," from PIE *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
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