One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having or characterized by many columns.
A building with many columns (also figurative).
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Neve's City & Country Purchaser's & Builder's Dictionary. From Hellenistic Greek πολύστυλος having many columns from ancient Greek πολυ- + στῦλος column; with the adjective compare monostyle.
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