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  1. A colonnade surrounding a courtyard, temple etc..
    • 1942: One cannot, for example, see the Temple of Æsculapius as one stands in the fine open courtyard as it was intended one should do; the interstices on that side of the peristyle have been blocked by Venetian Gothic buildings — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 143)
  2. A courtyard; the space surrounded by a colonnade.
  3. A porch surrounded by columns.

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