exedra [ek-si-druh, ek-see-] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural ex·e·drae [ek-si-dree, ek-see-dree] /ˈɛk sɪˌdri, ɛkˈsi dri/.
- (in ancient Greece and Rome) a room or covered area open on one side, used as a meeting place.
- a permanent outdoor bench, semicircular in plan and having a high back.
Also. Origin of exedra 1700–10; Latin: hall furnished with seats Greek exédra (covered) walk with seats, equivalent to ex- + (h)édra seat, benchRelated formsex·e·dral, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for exedra Historical Examples of exedra
There was also a little fountain in the exedra at the rear of the peristyle.
At the rear there was often a broad, deep recess, exedra, corresponding with the tablinum.
F, F, exedra in which there were seats for the philosophers to hold their conversations.
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He led her to the exedra, unslung his wallet and laid it on the lectern before them.
The idler in the exedra, meanwhile, was awaiting the speech of her visitor.
British Dictionary definitions for exedra exedra noun
- a building, room, portico, or apse containing a continuous bench, used in ancient Greece and Rome for holding discussions
- an outdoor bench in a recess
Word Origin for exedra C18: via Latin from Greek, from hedra seat Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012