- an ancient temple
- the enclosed part of such a temple; cella
Origin of naosClassical Greek from Indo-European base an unverified form nes-, to unite, be protected from source Old English nerian, German nähren, to protect, support
Origin of naosGreek dialectal nāos temple, shrine
(plural naoses or naosoi or naoi)
From Ancient Greek Î½Î±ÏŒÏ‚ (naos, “inner part of the temple").