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
1555–65; Middle FrenchRelated formsar·chi·tra·val, adjectivear·chi·traved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for architrave
the lowest part of an entablature that bears on the columns
a moulding around a doorway, window opening, etc
Word Origin for architrave
C16: via French from Italian, from archi- + trave beam, from Latin trabs
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Word Origin and History for architrave
1560s, from Italian architrave, from archi- "beginning, origin" (see archon) + trave "beam," from Latin trabem (nominative trabs) "beam, timber," from PIE *treb- "dwelling" (see thorp).
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