- Greek Architecture. a portico, usually a detached portico of considerable length, that is used as a promenade or meeting place.
Origin of stoa
First recorded in 1595–1605, stoa is from the Greek word stoá
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- a covered walk that has a colonnade on one or both sides, esp as used in ancient Greece
C17: from Greek
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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