[ nahr-theks ]
/ ˈnɑr θɛks /

noun Architecture.

an enclosed passage between the main entrance and the nave of a church.

Origin of narthex

1665–75; < Late Greek nárthēx, Greek: giant fennel


nar·the·cal [nahr-thee-kuh l] /nɑrˈθi kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for narthex

/ (ˈnɑːθɛks) /


a portico at the west end of a basilica or church, esp one that is at right angles to the nave
a rectangular entrance hall between the porch and nave of a church

Word Origin for narthex

C17: via Latin from Medieval Greek: enclosed porch, enclosure (earlier: box), from Greek narthēx giant fennel, the stems of which were used to make boxes
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