Definitions for narthexˈnɑr θɛks

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  1. narthex(noun)

    portico at the west end of an early Christian basilica or church

  2. narthex(noun)

    a vestibule leading to the nave of a church

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  1. narthex(Noun)

    A western vestibule leading to the nave in some (especially Orthodox) Christian churches.

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  1. Narthex(noun)

    a tall umbelliferous plant (Ferula communis). See Giant fennel, under Fennel

  2. Narthex(noun)

    the portico in front of ancient churches; sometimes, the atrium or outer court surrounded by ambulatories; -- used, generally, for any vestibule, lobby, or outer porch, leading to the nave of a church

  3. Origin: [L., giant fennel, Gr. na`rqhx.]

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  1. Narthex

    The narthex is an architectural element typical of Early Christian and byzantine basilicas or churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, located at the end of the nave, at the far end from the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper. It is either an indoor area separated from the nave by a screen or rail, or an external structure such as a porch. By extension, it can also denote a covered porch or entrance to a building.

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  1. Narthex

    a space in early churches railed off from the rest for catechumens and penitents.

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