Definition of stoa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈstōə/ /ˈstoʊə/


  • 1A classical portico or roofed colonnade.

    ‘The inscription was carved in a stoa (colonnade), probably in the 2nd cent.’
    • ‘A Doric stoa abuts on a brick wall.’
    • ‘This frame has been variously interpreted as a reflection either of temple architecture, or of the stoa which formed part of so many sanctuaries.’
    • ‘Lastly on the third terrace are the ruins of a major temple of Asclepius and the traces of a Hellenistic stoa.’
    1. 1.1the StoaThe great hall in Athens in which the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno gave the founding lectures of the Stoic school of philosophy.