One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A room, portico, or arcade with a bench or seats where people may converse, especially in ancient Roman and Greek houses and gymnasia, typically semicircular in plan.
- ‘The typical apartment in an insula had different rooms, segregated by function: the cubiculum or bedroom, the exedra or living room, and the medianum or central hall.’
- ‘The vignette that shows no walls around the city, is characterized by a semicircular road that goes round a church very similar to a colonnaded exedra.’
- ‘Like its model, this tall octagonal building has two one-storey porticoes with some unusual Corinthian capitals and a two-storey curved exedra.’
- ‘When those same city fathers renovated North Side in the mid-1960s, they decided to dismantle the Anderson monument and destroy the exedra, wiping away the evidence, and the residents did not stop them.’
- 1.1 An outdoor recess containing a seat.
Latin, from Greek ex- ‘out of’ + hedra ‘seat’.
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