- an enclosed court or yard in front of a building, esp. a church
- a portico or single line of columns in front of a church
Origin of parvisMiddle English ; from Old French parevis ; from Classical Latin paradisus, literally , Paradise: name of the court before St. Peter's in Rome
- An enclosed courtyard or space at the entrance to a building, especially a cathedral, that is sometimes surrounded by porticoes or colonnades.
- One of the porticoes or colonnades surrounding such a space.
Origin of parvisMiddle English, from Old French, alteration of pareis, paradise, from Late Latin parad&imacron;sus, garden, paradise; see paradise.
From Anglo-Norman parvis, Middle French parvis, from Late Latin paradisus (“paradise") (used in the Middle Ages to describe the court in front of St Peter's in Rome, and later similar courts in front of other churches).