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1. An enclosed courtyard or space at the entrance to a building, especially a cathedral, that is sometimes surrounded by porticoes or colonnades.
2. One of the porticoes or colonnades surrounding such a space.

[Middle English, from Old French, alteration of pareis, paradise, from Late Latin paradīsus, garden, paradise; see paradise.]
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(ˈpɑːvɪs) or


(Architecture) a court or portico in front of a building, esp a church
[C14: via Old French from Late Latin paradīsus paradise]
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(ˈpɑr vɪs)

1. a vacant enclosed area in front of a church.
2. a colonnade or portico in front of a church.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; Old French pare(v)is < Late Latin paradīsus church courtyard]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parvis - a courtyard or portico in front of a building (especially a cathedral)
courtyard, court - an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; "the house was built around an inner court"
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He had petitioned the bishop for an edict which expressly forbade the Bohemian women to come and dance and beat their tambourines on the place of the Parvis; and for about the same length of time, he had been ransacking the mouldy placards of the officialty, in order to collect the cases of sorcerers and witches condemned to fire or the rope, for complicity in crimes with rams, sows, or goats.
On May 20, Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila held its senior high school graduation ball at Sofitel Philippine Plaza with the theme 'Sic Parvis Magna,' which means 'Greatness from Small Beginnings.'
Les policiers des unites de maintien de l'ordre (UMO) ont cantonne leurs camions devant l'esplanade pour empecher tout acces au parvis. Des manifestants ont tente de forcer le cordon securitaire par l'escalade des camions.
Parvis Ishaq ran off when he saw police officers but they gave chase and caught him with nearly 35g of the Class A drug.
About 5,000 tons of sand are used in three sites, namely the Voie Georges Pompidou, the Bassin de la Villette and Parvis de d'Hotel de Ville.
The oldest walled city in North America boasts French-style cobbled streets, a view of the St Lawrence River, beautiful architecture and a (thriving craft ale microbrewery culture in bars such as Noctem Artisans Brasseurs (Rue du Parvis).
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