[ zist ]
/ zɪst /
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(in ancient Greek and Roman architecture) a covered portico, as a promenade.
(in an ancient Roman villa) a garden walk planted with trees.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Origin of xyst
1655–65; <Latin xystus garden terrace, shaded walk <Greek xystós a covered colonnade
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Example sentences from the Web for xyst
Xyst, zist, n. a covered portico used by athletes for their exercises.
British Dictionary definitions for xyst
xystus or xystos (ˈzɪstəs)
/ (zɪst) /
a long portico, esp one used in ancient Greece for athletics
(in ancient Rome) a covered garden walk or one lined with trees
Word Origin for xyst
C17: from Latin xystus, from Greek xustos, literally: smoothed, polished (area), from xuein to scrape, make smooth
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