1. A series of columns surrounding a building or enclosing a court.
2. A court enclosed by columns.
[French péristyle, from Latin peristȳlum, from Greek peristūlon, from neuter of peristūlos, surrounded by columns : peri-, peri- + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
per′i·stylar (-stīlər) adj.
(click for a larger image)peristyle
plan of the Temple of Apollo
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