- the lowermost member of a classical entablature, resting originally upon columns.
- a molded or decorated band framing a panel or an opening, especially a rectangular one, as of a door or window.
Origin of architrave
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Examples from the Web for architrave
The architrave, for example, has three facias instead of being plain.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The entablature is a positive triumph in cornice, frieze and architrave.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
The architrave has the height of one half of the thickness of a column.Ten Books on Architecture
C is one of the Faces of the Sabliers which serve instead of an Architrave.
The Frise ought not to be so high as the Architrave by a 4th.
- the lowest part of an entablature that bears on the columns
- a moulding around a doorway, window opening, etc
C16: via French from Italian, from archi- + trave beam, from Latin trabs
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Word Origin and History for architrave
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