Definition of pronaos in US English:


nounPlural pronaoi

  • A vestibule at the front of a classical temple, enclosed by a portico and projecting sidewalls.

    • ‘The Corinthian pronaos surmounted by a drum in Juvarra's design for the facade was only added in the 19th century.’
    • ‘The temple proper, measuring 2815 m., consists of a square cella and a hexastyle pronaos formed of Corinthian columns on a high podium.’


Via Latin from Greek pronaos ‘hall of a temple’, from pro ‘before’ + naos ‘temple’.