[ 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.

Origin of peristyle

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


per·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 forms of peristyle

peristylar, adjective

Word Origin for peristyle

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