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plan of Greek Temple B
Selinunte, Sicily


Having a row of columns across the front only, as in some Greek and Roman temples.

[Latin prostȳlos, from Greek prostūlos : pro-, in front; see pro-2 + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]


(Architecture) (of a building) having a row of columns in front, esp as in the portico of a Greek temple
(Architecture) a prostyle building, portico, etc
[C17: from Latin prostӯlos, from Greek: with pillars in front, from pro-2 + stulos pillar]


(ˈproʊ staɪl)
(of a classical temple or other building) having a portico with columns on the front only.
[1690–1700; < Latin prostȳlos < Greek próstȳlos with pillars in front =pro- pro-2 + -stȳlos -style2]
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Adj.1.prostyle - marked by columniation having free columns in a portico only across the opening to the structure
apteral - having columns at one or both ends but not along the sides
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