noun, plural na·oi [ney-oi] /ˈneɪ ɔɪ/.

a temple.
Architecture. cella.

Nearby words

  1. nantung,
  2. nanua,
  3. nanus,
  4. naoise,
  5. naomi,
  6. nap,
  7. napa,
  8. napaeae,
  9. napalm,
  10. napata

Origin of naos

First recorded in 1765–75, naos is from the Greek word nāós dwelling of a god, inner part of a temple, shrine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for naoi

  • This was accomplished by the exertions of naoi naoinear ciad ginealach mac—the nine nines of first-begotten sons.

    Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I.|Sir James George Frazer

British Dictionary definitions for naoi


noun plural naoi (ˈneɪɔɪ)

rare an ancient classical temple
architect another name for cella

Word Origin for naos

C18: from Greek: inner part of temple

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