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plan of the Temple of Apollo
Thermon, Greece


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 Indo-European roots.]

per′i·sty′lar (-stī′lər) adj.
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Adj.1.peristylar - having columniation completely circling an area of the structure
peripteral - having columns on all sides
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