[ stoh-uh ]
/ ˈstoʊ ə /

noun, plural sto·as, sto·ai [stoh-ahy] /ˈstoʊ aɪ/, sto·ae [stoh-ee] /ˈstoʊ i/.

Greek Architecture. a portico, usually a detached portico of considerable length, that is used as a promenade or meeting place.

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Origin of stoa

First recorded in 1595–1605, stoa is from the Greek word stoá Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stoa

/ (ˈstəʊə) /

noun plural stoae (ˈstəʊiː) or stoas

a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece

Word Origin for stoa

C17: from Greek
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