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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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