Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having six frontal columns in the portico, as in some Greek temples.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having six columns at the front on the portico

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having six columns in front; -- said of a portico or temple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In architecture, having six columns: said of a portico or a temple having that number of columns in the front.

Etymologies

Greek hexastūlos, having six columns in front : hexa-, hexa- + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἑξάστυλος, from ἕξ + στῦλος. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are considerable remains of this building, particularly those beautiful female figures called Caryatides, which support, instead of columns, three of the porticoes; besides three of the columns in the north hexastyle with the roof over these last columns, the rest of the roof of this graceful portico fell during the siege of Athens, in 1827.

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

  • The west front, in our Engraving, is occupied by an hexastyle portico of the Ionic order, with fluted columns.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 386, August 22, 1829

  • But if the building is to be systyle and monotriglyphic, let the front of the temple, if tetrastyle, be divided into nineteen and a half parts; if hexastyle, into twenty-nine and a half parts.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Then, whether the temple is to be tetrastyle, hexastyle, or octastyle, let one of these parts be taken, and it will be the module.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • Let the front of a Doric temple, at the place where the columns are put up, be divided, if it is to be tetrastyle, into twenty-seven parts; if hexastyle, into forty-two.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • We have no example of this in Rome, but at Teos in Asia Minor there is one which is hexastyle, dedicated to Father Bacchus.

    The Ten Books on Architecture

  • For example, there is balance between two wings of a building which are separated by some central member or link; balance between the aisles of a church on either side of the nave; balance between the sets of three columns right and left of the door in the Greek hexastyle temple.

    The Principles of Aesthetics

  • 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

  • A third method of designating or distinguishing the temples is by the number of columns in front, thus temples are called tetrastyle, hexastyle, octastyle, that is having five, six, or eight columns.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Three narrow chambers side by side formed a cella nearly square in plan, preceded by a hexastyle porch of huge Doric, or rather Tuscan, columns arranged in three aisles, widely spaced and carrying ponderous wooden architraves.

    A Text-Book of the History of Architecture Seventh Edition, revised

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