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noun, plural sto·as, sto·ai [stoh-ahy] /ˈstoʊ aɪ/, sto·ae [stoh-ee] /ˈstoʊ i/.
  1. 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
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  • The Poecile was a portico; portico in Greek is stoa, hence the name of Stoic.

    Initiation into Philosophy

    Emile Faguet

  • "Had there been no Chrysippus, there had been no Stoa," iii, 42.

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • None but they mingled in the assemblages of great men at the Pnyx or the Stoa.

  • In the language of the Stoa, "Nature" was a word of many meanings.

  • He is not to be found in the Stoa or the Grove, with official aspect, expounding a system of doctrine.

    Christianity and Greek Philosophy

    Benjamin Franklin Cocker

British Dictionary definitions for stoa


noun plural stoae (ˈstəʊiː) or stoas
  1. a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for stoa


"portico," c.1600, from Greek stoa "colonnade, corridor," from PIE *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

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