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propylaeum

[ prop-uh-lee-uhm ]

noun

, plural prop·y·lae·a [prop-, uh, -, lee, -, uh].
  1. Often propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, especially when elaborate or of architectural importance.


propylaeum

/ ˈprɒpɪˌlɒn; ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm /

noun

  1. a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple


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Word History and Origins

Origin of propylaeum1

1700–10; < Latin < Greek propýlaion gateway, noun use of neuter of propýlaios before the gate, equivalent to pro- pro- 2 + pýl ( ē ) gate + -aios adj. suffix

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Word History and Origins

Origin of propylaeum1

C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro- ² + pulē gate

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Example Sentences

Here the visitor found another portal or propylaeum of a magnificent character.

Magazines with fine painted store jars came to light beneath the floor of the later “propylaeum.”

These, with the Propylaeum, before mentioned, come out wonderfully against a blue sky.

At Frankfort the dead-house occupies one of the wings of the propylaeum, which forms the main entrance to the cemetery.

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