Definition of naos in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Trajan, for example, was honoured not only with a statue, but also a small sanctuary (naos) in the city centre.’
    • ‘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.’
    holy place, temple, shrine, tabernacle, altar, sanctum, inner sanctum, holy of holies, sacrarium, bema, adytum
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    1. 1.1 The main body or nave of a Byzantine church.


Greek, literally ‘temple’.