[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 exedrae

Historical Examples of exedrae

  • Picture galleries, like exedrae, should be constructed of generous dimensions.

  • But in the case of exedrae or square oeci, let the height be brought up to one and one half times the width.

  • In summer apartments and in exedrae where there is no smoke nor soot to hurt them, they should be made in relief.

  • The exedrae were rooms supplied with permanent seats which seem to have been used for lectures and similar entertainments.

    The Private Life of the Romans

    Harold Whetstone Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for exedrae



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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