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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. , (Christianity) The space anterior to the narthex of a church, sometimes roofed-over as with a porch, but more often an enclosed courtyard; in antiquity, the courtyard where catechumens were permitted to be close to the Eucharist, but forbidden to see it celebrated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a Greek church, the outer narthex or vestibule, in case there were two, as in the church of St. Sophia in Constantinople, the inner narthex being called the esonarthex.

Etymologies

From exo- +‎ narthex. (Wiktionary)

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