parvis definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French parevis ; from Classical Latin paradisus, literally , paradise: name of the court before St. Peter's in Rome
parvis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English, from Old French, alteration of pareis, paradise, from Late Latin paradīsus, garden, paradise; see paradise .