Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A series of columns surrounding a building or enclosing a court.
  • noun A court enclosed by columns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In architecture, a range or ranges of columns surrounding any part, as the cella of a Greek temple, or any place, as a court or cloister, or the atrium of a classical house. See cuts under Greek and opisthodomos.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arch.) A range of columns with their entablature, etc.; specifically, a complete system of columns, whether on all sides of a court, or surrounding a building, such as the cella of a temple. Used in the former sense, it gives name to the larger and inner court of a Roman dwelling, the peristyle. See colonnade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colonnade surrounding a courtyard, temple, etc.
  • noun A courtyard; the space surrounded by a colonnade.
  • noun A porch surrounded by columns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a colonnade surrounding a building or enclosing a court

Etymologies

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

[French péristyle, from Latin peristȳlum, from Greek peristūlon, from neuter of peristūlos, surrounded by columns : peri-, peri- + stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French péristyle, from Classical Latin peristȳlum, peristȳlium, from Ancient Greek περιστύλιον (peristūlion), περίστυλον, noun use of the neuter form of περίστυλος ("surrounded by columns"), from περί (peri) + στῦλος (stūlos, "pillar").

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  • It happens on a day you can remember: up a wide, hummocky gully in Idaho, with rockhounds staring through hand lenses beneath a sky streaming with peristyles of sunlight, then ragged with dark clouds spitting real snow, the aspen leaves flickering lightdark, lightdark, lightdark, hyper-real. by Christopher Cokinos at http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/268/

    May 13, 2007