Definitions for naosˈneɪ ɒs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a temple or shrine.
Ref: cella . 2
Origin of naos:
1765–75; < Gk nāós dwelling of a god, inner part of a temple, shrine
The inner part of a Greek temple; it contained a statue of the appropriate deity surrounded by a colonnaded portico; it gave rise to the Roman cella
Origin: From ναός.
a term used by modern archaeologists instead of cella. See Cella