- Often propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, especially when elaborate or of architectural importance.
Origin of propylaeum
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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Examples from the Web for propylaeum
These, with the Propylaeum, before mentioned, come out wonderfully against a blue sky.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
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.”
At Frankfort the dead-house occupies one of the wings of the propylaeum, which forms the main entrance to the cemetery.
- a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple
C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro- ² + pulē gate
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