Definitions for: Narthex


[n] a vestibule leading to the nave of a church
[n] portico at the west end of an early Christian basilica or church



Webster (1913) Definition: Nar"thex, n. [L., giant fennel, Gr. ?.]
1. (Bot.) A tall umbelliferous plant (Ferula communis). See
Giant fennel, under Fennel.

2. (Arch.) 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.

See Also: antechamber, anteroom, basilica, church, church building, entrance hall, foyer, hall, lobby, portico, vestibule

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