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.

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. 2018

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

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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