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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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Related Words for stoai

mall, gallery, walkway, atrium, colonnade, veranda, portico, passageway, cloister, piazza, loggia, arcade, terrace, patio, balcony, verandah, stoa

British Dictionary definitions for stoai


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 for stoa

C17: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for stoai



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

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