Definition of Palladianism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



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a style of architecture based on the work of Andrea Palladio, a 16th-century Italian architect who was influenced by the buildings of ancient Greece and Rome. Buildings in the Palladian style often have a pediment (= a large triangle above the entrance) and many columns. The style became fashionable in Britain in the 18th century after it was introduced by Inigo Jones, and led to the development of neoclassicism.