Definition of tetrastyle in English:



  • A building or part of a building, especially a portico, that has four pillars.

    • ‘Where the streets meet at right angles in the middle of the enclosure stands a tetrastyle reminiscent of Roman arches of triumph.’
    • ‘Keeping this in mind, archaeologists looked for remains of an extensive residential area and found it just beyond the tetrastyle to the southwest.’


  • (of a building or part of a building) having four pillars.

    ‘a tetrastyle portico’
    • ‘Also during the late republican or early imperial period, the sanctuary of the Doric semicolumns was equipped with a new temple, Temple K was rebuilt, and a tetrastyle temple was constructed over some Punic and late Republican houses; this last may be the Capitolium, erected in conjunction with the city's elevation to municipal status.’
    • ‘The proposed north front shows a massively enlarged 19-bayed façade, centred around a grand colonnaded tetrastyle (that is, with four frontal columns) portico and curved perron, with flanking tetrastyle end pavilions.’
    • ‘The Chapel is of the Greek Revival style with a tetrastyle portico in the Ionic Order.’
    • ‘Excavations in the 1950s and 1960s around the columns and the nearby spring suggest that the tetrastyle temple, measuring 2010.75m., was dedicated to Apollo, who is commemorated in the name of the town.’
    • ‘This new temple had the same Doric tetrastyle amphiprostyle plan as the subsequent one.’
    • ‘It is an amphiprostyle tetrastyle Doric temple of poros.’
    • ‘Constructed probably from the 60s, it comprised a precinct containing a tetrastyle classical temple, on axis with which was an altar.’
    • ‘Eumenean on the west and Philanthropic on the east are two-story pavilions with tetrastyle pedimented porticos.’
    • ‘A method of designating or distinguishing the temples is by the number of columns in front, thus temples are called tetrastyle, hexastyle, octastyle, that is having four, six, or eight columns.’


Early 18th century: via Latin from Greek tetrastulos, from tetra- ‘four’ + stulos ‘column’.