Origin of narthex
Examples from the Web for narthex
The western compartment, forming the narthex, is in three bays covered with cross-groined vaults.
First the narthex was blown up with gunpowder; then a transept arm.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
The Christian must enter the church by the north porch, which leads down a flight of steps into the narthex.Constantinople|William Holden Hutton
The baptistery is accessible by steps both from the basilica and the narthex.The Shores of the Adriatic|F. Hamilton Jackson
At the south end of the narthex a small door leads to the return bay of the outer narthex in front of the parecclesion.
British Dictionary definitions for narthex
Word Origin for narthex
Word Origin and History for narthex
"porch at the west end of early churches" (used by penitents not admitted to the body of the church), 1670s, from Late Greek narthex, in classical Greek "giant fennel," of unknown origin. The architectural feature allegedly so called from fancied resemblance of porch to a hollow stem. The word also was used in Greek to mean "a small case for unguents, etc." According to Hesiod ("Theogeny"), Prometheus conveyed fire from Heaven to Earth in hollow fennel stalks. Related: Narthecal.