[ per-uh-stahyl ]
/ ˈpɛr əˌstaɪl /

noun Architecture.

a colonnade surrounding a building or an open space.
an open space, as a courtyard, surrounded by a colonnade.

Nearby words

  1. peristalsis,
  2. peristaltic,
  3. peristerite,
  4. peristole,
  5. peristome,
  6. peristylium,
  7. peristéri,
  8. peritectic,
  9. peritectomy,
  10. peritendineum

Origin of peristyle

1605–15; < Latin peristȳlum < Greek perístȳlon, noun use of neuter of perístȳlos surrounded with columns, equivalent to peri- peri- + -stȳlos -style2

Related formsper·i·sty·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peristyle


/ (ˈpɛrɪˌstaɪl) /


a colonnade that surrounds a court or building
an area that is surrounded by a colonnade
Derived Formsperistylar, adjective

Word Origin for peristyle

C17: via French from Latin peristӯlum, from Greek peristulon, from peri- + stulos column

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Word Origin and History for peristyle



1610s, from French péristyle "row of columns surrounding a building" (mid-16c.), from Latin peristylum, from Greek peristylon "colonnade around a temple or court," noun use of neuter of peristylos "surrounded with a colonnade," from peri- "around" (see peri-) + stylos "pillar" (see stet).

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