[ an-tuh-fiks ]
/ ˈæn təˌfɪks /
noun, plural an·te·fix·es, an·te·fix·a [an-tuh-fik-suh] /ˈæn təˌfɪk sə/. Architecture.
an upright ornament at the eaves of a tiled roof, to conceal the foot of a row of convex tiles that cover the joints of the flat tiles.
an ornament above the top molding of a cornice.
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Origin of antefix
OTHER WORDS FROM antefixan·te·fix·al, adjective
Words nearby antefix
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Example sentences from the Web for antefix
The antefix has the breadth of a hole and one eighth, and the thickness of one hole.Ten Books on Architecture|Vitruvius
British Dictionary definitions for antefix
/ (ˈæntɪˌfɪks) /
noun plural -fixes or -fixa (-ˌfɪksə)
a carved ornament at the eaves of a roof to hide the joint between the tiles
Derived forms of antefixantefixal (ˌæntɪˈfɪksəl), adjective
Word Origin for antefix
C19: from Latin antefixa (things) fastened in front, from fīgere to fix
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