One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’.
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