Meaning of xystus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈzɪstəs/

nounplural noun xysti/ˈzɪstʌɪ/

  • 1(in ancient Greece) a long portico used by athletes for exercise.

    • ‘Xystus was the Greek architectural term for the covered portico of the gymnasium, in which the exercises took place during the winter or in rainy weather.’
  • 2(in ancient Rome) a garden walk or terrace.

    • ‘But as in the Greek gymnasium, so in the Roman xystus, the pillared hall is indispensable in front of the garden, which has now become a highly decorated place, and well cared for.’


Latin, from Greek xustos ‘smooth’, from xuein ‘to scrape’.