[ ahr-ki-treyv ]
/ ˈɑr kɪˌtreɪv /

noun Architecture.

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.

Nearby words

  1. architectonics,
  2. architectural,
  3. architectural bronze,
  4. architecture,
  5. architecture parlante,
  6. archival,
  7. archival storage,
  8. archive,
  9. archives,
  10. archivist

Origin of architrave

1555–65; Middle French < Italian; see archi-, trave1

Related formsar·chi·tra·val, adjectivear·chi·traved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for architrave


/ (ˈɑːkɪˌtreɪv) /

noun architect

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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