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noun, plural pro·na·oi [proh-ney-oi] /proʊˈneɪ ɔɪ/.
  1. (in a classical temple) an open vestibule before the cella.
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Compare epinaos.

Origin of pronaos

From the Greek word prónāos, dating back to 1605–15. See pro-2, naos
Also called anticum.
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Examples from the Web for pronaos

Historical Examples

  • On each side of the pronaos project what are called the wings.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume III (of 3)


  • They led their visitors through the pronaos and naos to the secos, to the holy of holies.

    The Tour

    Louis Couperus

  • The gloom deepens in the hypostyle which follows the pronaos.

  • Behind the pronaos could be recognized the place where the cella used to be.

  • Terminations similar to pilasters upon the ends of the lateral walls of the cella, in pronaos and epinaos.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber