Also found in: Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (zä-gwän′, sä-)
A roofed entryway, especially one leading to the patio or courtyard of a house in the southwest US or Latin America.

[Spanish zaguán, from medieval Andalusian Arabic istawán, from classical Arabic 'usṭuwān, 'usṭuwāna, column, portico, partly from Persian ustuvān, firm, steady (from Middle Persian ōstīgā, probably from Old Iranian *abi-stā-, to put, place (from abi, to, over to, toward; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + *stā-, to stand; see stā in Indo-European roots + *-kān-, adj. suff.) and partly from Syriac 'estwā, portico (from Greek stoa; see stoa) and Syriac 'estūnā, pillar (from Greek stūlos; see peristyle).]
References in periodicals archive ?
Mi tragedia es abrumadora, tiene muy profunda la raiz", dice Juan Sanchez a Arturo en un zaguan de Augusta, la Zaragoza ficticia en la que se desarrolla casi toda la accion de Locura y muerte de Nadie.
Its very size, advanced design, zaguan (central entranceway), and elevated position on the plaza represented the elite status and patriarchal values of a man who envisioned his home as the center of family life and pueblo activities.
Bunkered in the landscape, the massive rammed earth walls present a hermetic face to the world, but on the south-west corner a zaguan (large hallway) breaches and penetrates the compound to connect with the private delights within.
Yo camino por Buenos Aires y me demoro, acaso ya mecanicamente, para mirar el arco de un zaguan y la puerta cancel; de Borges tengo noticias por el correo y veo su nombre en una terna de profesores o en un diccionario biografico.
One pleasant surprise was El Zaguan, not an art gallery but simply a hacienda that dates to the late 1880s, with museum exhibits and a lovely garden.
Coca-Cola, Gorman Foy, Prairie House, Zaguan World Bakery & Cafe, Andrews Distributing North Texas, Michelob, Yacht Shots, Tom Thumb, American FoodService, Truco Enterprises, American Airlines, JD's Chippery, Central Market, Mrs.