• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Antetemple The portico, or narthex in an ancient temple or church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antetemple The porch or vestibule before the temple at Jerusalem. The term has been used to designate the narthex or vestibule of early Christian churches, and it has been applied to the nave of a church regarded as placed before the chancel or sanctuary and outside of its pale. Its use as designating the pronaos of a classical temple is not to be commended.
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