Definition of naos in English:



  • 1The inner chamber or sanctuary of a Greek or other ancient temple.

    • ‘Luke has Zechariah ministering not merely at the hieron, the temple complex, but in the naos, the inner sanctuary of the temple restricted to the priests.’
    • ‘Trajan, for example, was honoured not only with a statue, but also a small sanctuary (naos) in the city centre.’
    • ‘The naos, which in Greek temples is the inner area containing the statue of the god, is 21.44 m wide and 48.3 m long which again is in the ratio 4: 9.’
    holy place, temple, shrine, tabernacle, altar, sanctum, inner sanctum, holy of holies, sacrarium, bema, naos, adytum
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    1. 1.1The main body or nave of a Byzantine church.


Greek, literally temple.