parvis

[ pahr-vis ]
/ ˈpɑr vɪs /

noun

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

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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parvis

parvise

/ (ˈpɑːvɪs) /

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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