Per"i*style (?), n. [L. peristylum, Gr. , ; about + a column: cf. F. p'eristyle.] Arch.

A range of columns with their entablature, etc.; specifically, a complete system of columns, whether on all sides of a court, or surrounding a building, such as the cella of a temple. Used in the former sense, it gives name to the larger and inner court of a Roman dwelling, the peristyle. See Colonnade.

 

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