In ancient Greek and Roman architecture, a gateway building leading to an open court preceding a temple. The plural form is propylaea. (pr. prah-pi-lay'-?m)

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  • Propylaeum — Logo Die Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Altertumswissenschaften („Propylaeum“) ist ein seit dem Jahr 2006 von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefördertes Gemeinschaftsprojekt der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München, der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Propylaeum — Prop y*l[ae] um, n.; pl. {Propyl[ae]a}. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? before + ? a gate.] (Anc. Classical Arch.) Any court or vestibule before a building or leading into any inclosure. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propylaeum — [präp΄ə lē′əm] n. pl. propylaea [präp΄əlē′ə] [L < Gr propylaion, orig. neut. of propylaios, before the gate < pro , before + pylē, gate] Class. Archit. an entrance, vestibule, or portico before a building or group of buildings …   English World dictionary

  • propylaeum — /prop euh lee euhm/, n., pl. propylaea / lee euh/. Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, esp. when elaborate or of architectural importance. Also, propylon. [1700 10; < L < Gk propýlaion gateway, n. use of …   Universalium

  • propylaeum — n. (pl. propylaea) 1 the entrance to a temple. 2 (the Propylaeum) the entrance to the Acropolis at Athens. Etymology: L f. Gk propulaion (as PRO (2), pule gate) …   Useful english dictionary

  • propylaeum — noun (plural propylaea) Etymology: Latin, from Greek propylaion, from pro before + pylē gate more at pro Date: circa 1706 a vestibule or entrance of architectural importance before a building or enclosure often used in plural …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • propylaeum — [ˌprɒpɪ li:əm] noun (plural propylaea li:ə) Architecture the entrance to a temple. Origin via L. from Gk propulaion, neut. (used asnoun) of propulaios before the gate , from pro before + pulē gate …   English new terms dictionary

  • propylaeum — n. Entrance court, vestibule, porch …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • propylaeum — prop·y·lae·um …   English syllables

  • propylaeum — prop•y•lae•um [[t]ˌprɒp əˈli əm[/t]] n. pl. lae•a [[t] ˈli ə[/t]] archit. Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, esp. when elaborate or of architectural importance • Etymology: 1700–10; < L < Gk… …   From formal English to slang

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