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Princeton's WordNet

  1. narthexnoun

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

  2. narthexnoun

    a vestibule leading to the nave of a church

Wiktionary

  1. narthexnoun

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

Wikipedia

  1. Narthex

    The narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas and churches consisting of the entrance or lobby area, located at the west end of the nave, opposite the church's main altar. Traditionally the narthex was a part of the church building, but was not considered part of the church proper. In early Christian churches the narthex was often divided into two distinct parts: an esonarthex (inner narthex) between the west wall and the body of the church proper, separated from the nave and aisles by a wall, arcade, colonnade, screen, or rail, and an external closed space, the exonarthex (outer narthex), a court in front of the church facade delimited on all sides by a colonnade as in the first St. Peter's Basilica in Rome or in the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan. The exonarthex may have been either open or enclosed with a door leading to the outside, as in the Byzantine Chora Church.By extension, the narthex can also denote a covered porch or entrance to a building.

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  1. narthex

    A narthex is an architectural element typical of early Christian and Byzantine basilicas or churches consisting of a covered entrance area, or porch, usually located at the west end of the nave, and typically separated from the main interior of the building by columns, screens, or walls. It serves as a transition zone between the exterior and interior of the church and often provides space for worshipers to gather before or after services.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Narthexnoun

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

  2. Narthexnoun

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

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Narthex

    nar′theks, n. a former genus of umbelliferous plants, now included in Ferula: a portico or lobby in an early Christian or Oriental church or basilica. [L.,—Gr., narthēx.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Narthex

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of narthex in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of narthex in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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