One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a building) having a roof supported by pillars, typically in several rows.
- ‘The most impressive part of the complex must be the great hypostyle hall started by Seti I and completed by his son Ramses II.’
- ‘The Temple of Kom Ombo actually consists of two separate temples, each with its own entrance, colonnades, hypostyle hall and sanctuary.’
- ‘Karnak's great hypostyle hall, Revez said, ‘is perhaps the most spectacular courtyard in all of Egypt.’’
- ‘The result is an astonishing interior of a dark hypostyle hall.’
- ‘Her words echoed through the hypostyle hall beyond the inner sanctum.’
A building having a roof supported by several rows of pillars.
- ‘Iphigenia smiled and watched as the girl kept inching back toward the portal to the outer hypostyle.’
- ‘In his hypostyle, Serlio appreciated the figure of the forest as one of the most enduring architectural themes.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek hupostulos, from hupo ‘under’ + stulos ‘column’.
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