noun Architecture. (in a classical temple)

a course of masonry, part of the stereobate, forming the foundation for a colonnade, especially the outermost colonnade.

Origin of stylobate

1555–65; < Latin stȳlobatēs, stȳlobata < Greek stȳlobátēs, equivalent to stȳlo- stylo-2 + -batēs (ba- (base of baínein to step) + -tēs agent suffix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stylobate

Historical Examples of stylobate

  • The letters are Greek capitals, written on the stylobate of the southern temple.


    Claude Reignier Conder

  • The entire foundation of the temple, including the stereobate, the stylobate, and the remaining steps.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • But if such a temple is to be constructed in peripteral form, let two steps and then the stylobate be constructed below.

  • The stylobate had therefore to be similarly curved so that the columns should be all of the same height.

  • At a distance of about 10 m. from the stylobate, the windows appeared in the middle of the intercolumniations.

British Dictionary definitions for stylobate



a continuous horizontal course of masonry that supports a colonnade

Word Origin for stylobate

C17: from Latin stylobatēs, from Greek stulos pillar + -batēs, from bainein to tread, walk
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