[ek-si-druh, ek-see-]

noun, plural ex·e·drae [ek-si-dree, ek-see-dree] /ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri/.

(in ancient Greece and Rome) a room or covered area open on one side, used as a meeting place.
a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.

Also exhedra.

Origin of exedra

1700–10; < Latin: hall furnished with seats < Greek exédra (covered) walk with seats, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + (h)édra seat, bench
Related formsex·e·dral, adjective
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Examples from the Web for exedra

Historical Examples of exedra

  • There was also a little fountain in the exedra at the rear of the peristyle.

  • At the rear there was often a broad, deep recess, exedra, corresponding with the tablinum.

  • F, F, exedra in which there were seats for the philosophers to hold their conversations.

    History of Sanitation

    John Joseph Cosgrove

  • He led her to the exedra, unslung his wallet and laid it on the lectern before them.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

  • The idler in the exedra, meanwhile, was awaiting the speech of her visitor.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

British Dictionary definitions for exedra



a building, room, portico, or apse containing a continuous bench, used in ancient Greece and Rome for holding discussions
an outdoor bench in a recess

Word Origin for exedra

C18: via Latin from Greek, from hedra seat
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