- of or relating to Doris, its inhabitants, or their dialect.
- rustic, as a dialect.
- Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders, developed in Greece and altered by the Romans. The Greek Doric order consists typically of a channeled column without a base, having as a capital a circular echinus supporting a square abacus, above which come a plain architrave, a frieze of triglyphs and metopes, and a cornice, the corona of which has mutules on its soffit. In the Roman Doric order, the columns usually have bases, the channeling is sometimes altered or omitted, and the capital usually consists of three parts: a thick, bandlike necking, an echinus with an ovolo outline, and a molded abacus.Compare composite(def 2), Corinthian(def 2), Ionic(def 1), Tuscan(def 2).
- a dialect of ancient Greek spoken on Rhodes and other islands of the Dodecanese, in Crete, in Syracuse, and in all of the Peloponnesus except Arcadia.
- rustic English speech.
Origin of Doric
1555–65; < Latin Dōricus < Greek Dōrikós Dorian
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Examples from the Web for doric
Triglyph, the channelled feature in the frieze of the Doric order.
The shaft (Figs. 67, 70) is of more slender proportions than the Doric shaft.
The entablature (Fig. 70) is, generally speaking, richer than that of the Doric order.
Perhaps the only fault of the detail is that the Doric pilasters and columns are too tall.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
In this form, the Doric column was an absolutely fresh note in architecture.The Legacy of Greece
- of or relating to the Dorians, esp the Spartans, or their dialect of Ancient Greek
- of, denoting, or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a column having no base, a heavy fluted shaft, and a capital consisting of an ovolo moulding beneath a square abacusSee also Ionic, composite (def. 4), Corinthian, Tuscan
- (sometimes not capital) rustic
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Word Origin and History for doric
1560s, see Dorian; in reference to the architectural order, 1610s. The Doric dialect in ancient Greek theater was broad and rustic, hence it has been applied in English to northern and Scots dialects (1837).
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