Meaning of hypostyle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhʌɪpə(ʊ)stʌɪl/


  • (of a building) having a roof supported by pillars, typically in several rows.

    ‘a hypostyle hall’
    • ‘Karnak's great hypostyle hall, Revez said, ‘is perhaps the most spectacular courtyard in all of Egypt.’’
    • ‘The result is an astonishing interior of a dark hypostyle hall.’
    • ‘Her words echoed through the hypostyle hall beyond the inner sanctum.’
    • ‘The most impressive part of the complex must be the great hypostyle hall started by Seti I and completed by his son Ramses II.’
    • ‘The Temple of Kom Ombo actually consists of two separate temples, each with its own entrance, colonnades, hypostyle hall and sanctuary.’


  • A building having a hypostyle roof.

    ‘In his hypostyle, Serlio appreciated the figure of the forest as one of the most enduring architectural themes.’
    • ‘Iphigenia smiled and watched as the girl kept inching back toward the portal to the outer hypostyle.’


Mid 19th century from Greek hupostulos, from hupo ‘under’ + stulos ‘column’.