parvis

[pahr-vis]
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noun

a vacant enclosed area in front of a church.
a colonnade or portico in front of a church.

Nearby words

  1. parvenu,
  2. parvenue,
  3. parvi-,
  4. parvicellular,
  5. parvifoliate,
  6. parvo,
  7. parvoviridae,
  8. parvovirus,
  9. parzival,
  10. pará

Origin of parvis

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French pare(v)is < Late Latin paradīsus church courtyard, orig. the one before St. Peter's, Rome. See paradise

Also called paradise.

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British Dictionary definitions for parvis

parvis

parvise

noun

a court or portico in front of a building, esp a church

Word Origin for parvis

C14: via Old French from Late Latin paradīsus paradise

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