from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. A temple or portico with eight columns in front.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having eight columns in the front; -- said of a temple or portico. The Parthenon is octostyle, but most large Greek temples are hexastyle. See hexastyle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See octastyle.


octo- + Ancient Greek στῦλος (stylos, "pillar"). (Wiktionary)


  • It was, moreover, immeasurably superior to the classic attempts of the architects of the middle Georgian period, who, carried away by the enthusiasm awakened by the perusal of the newly-published "Antiquities" of Stuart and Revett, attempted to adapt Doric porticos, hexastyle, octostyle, etc., to modern domestic architecture.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • It was a peripteral octostyle, of the Doric order, with seventeen columns on the sides, each six feet two inches in diameter at the base, and thirty-four feet in height, elevated on three steps.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

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